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Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975)
LOT ID: 61415
Sunday Morning, 1939

Lithograph
9.5 х 12.5 in. (24.13 x 31.75 cm.)
Signed, in pencil in the margin
Print/Casting Year 1939
Edition ed. of 250
Lot description
"From a drawing made in South Arkansas in 1938."
"Characteristic negro church of the time."

Arguably the most infuential and well known artist of the Regionalist movement, Thomas Hart Benton created naturalistic, undulating paintings that captured the mood of Depression-era America. Born in Neosho, Missouri in 1889, Benton was the great-nephew of the American senator after whom he was named. After spending a year at the Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian where he worked closely with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, a founder of Sychromism. During WWI, Benton documented the daily happenings of the Naval shipyards of Norfolk, Virginia, an assignment that influenced the rest of his career. Upon returning to civilian life, he developed the naturalistic and representational approach that combined social realism of the hard-hit Midwest and the narratives of American folklore and bible stories that was later called Regionalism. He continued to make prints and painitngs in this style until his death in 1975.
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