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'In Wine for Rita' the famous Regionalist artist, Thomas Hart Benton, embodies his signature style of realism. He infuses vitality into a simple still-life through his use of vibrant colors and the perfect placement of each object within its own border. He enables the richness of the scene to flourish beyond the canvas. Each flower seductively entices the viewer, drawing them in with their vibrant colors and Benton’s suggestively rhythmic brushstrokes. The surreal quality of each brushstroke creates a universal harmony within the frame. This composition’s balance between heavy impasto and delicacy of forms symbolizes America’s stability during a chaotic time of war.

Thomas Hart Benton was born on April 15, 1889 in Neosho, Missouri. He spent most of childhood in boarding schools before landing his first job as a cartoonist for the Joplin American newspaper in Missouri. Benton went on to study at the Art institute of Chicago before spending time in Paris and New York City. He eventually settled in Kansas City working as an instructor of drawing and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. Benton was an integral part of the Regionalist movement and is well known for his depictions of provincial life throughout the United States, most notably daily scenes of Midwestern life. Benton hangs in almost every major museum in the US and is truly an American Master. Benton died January 19, 1975 in his art studio in Missouri.

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  • Private Florida Collection
  • Pickup Location: Florida, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 23 in. (58.42 x 58.42 cm.)
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