The New York Subway in More Than 50 Years of Art
Each signed in pencil, the first and third from the edition of 250, the second from the edition of 300, on wove paper, framed.
image (largest): 359 by 253 mm 14 1/8 by 10 in
sheet (largest): 457 by 334 mm 18 by 13 1/8 in
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