The New York Subway in More Than 50 Years of Art
For "The Missouri State Capitol Mural Series." Two states of which this is the second. "Every two or three years I reread Mark Twains great saga from start to finish, finding it as fresh as when I first read it. With the spirits of Huck and Jim pushing me I have been up and down the Mississippi many times. Though I travelled on big boats rather than intimately by raft, I like to believe I've caught glimpses of them. . . ." Thomas Hart Benton.
Signature: Signed in pencil.
Publisher: Circulated by Associated American Artists.
One of the central artists associated with the American Regionalism movement, Thomas Hart Benton strayed from the modernist trend toward abstraction in favor of a more representational, though stylized, approach. A native of the American Midwest, Benton made paintings and drawings depicting the realities of agrarian life and the pressures of industrialization. Benton regularly incorporated quintessentially American icons of progress in his images, including railroads, cars, and factories. Benton’s treatment of this subject matter points to an underlying social commentary on the tension between rural and city life and the disparity between idealized imagery and harsh reality.
American, 1889-1975, Neosho, Missouri, based in Missouri, United States