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Born in Neosho, Missouri, of a family of lawyers and politicians, Thomas Hart Benton was named after his great uncle, who was Andrew Jackson's right-hand man. His father, Colonel M. E. Benton was a powerful force in Missouri politics. His family wanted him to become a lawyer, instead he decided to try his hand in art. Benton's summary of his art education was, "I studied painting in Chicago and then in France. Influenced by modern French Schools, Delacroix onward, intensely by the Italian Renaissance, by Thomas Nast the cartoonist, and other depictors of the American scene." Settling in Kansas City he engrossed himself in the American scene and designed and dramatized the people and localities he visited on canvas and stone. His art became known as regionalism. Former President Harry S. Truman called him, "The best damned painter in America." Many of his prints are lithographed versions of his paintings. Craven, Thomas, A Treasury of American Prints, New York, 1939. Fath, Creekmore, The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1969. Kraeft, June and Norman, Great American Prints, 1900-1950, New York, 1984, p.139. Zigrosser, Carl, The Artist in America, New York, 1942, pp.173-179.



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Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
Aaron
13-3/8 x 9-3/8 in.

Lithograph, 1941, edition 250. Fath 42. Signed on the stone, lower left, and in pencil.


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Aaron



Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
The Boy
9-1/2 x 13-3/4 in.

Lithograph, 1948, edition 250. Fath 72. Signed on the stone, lower right, and in pencil. Illustrated in Great American Prints, 1900-1950, June and Norman Kraeft, 1984, pl.12.


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The Boy



Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
The Hymn Singer
16 x 12-3/8 in.

Lithograph, 1950, edition 236/500. Fath 74. Signed on the stone, lower right; signed in pencil. Numbered in ink, lower left corner of sheet with the embossed seal of, Twayne Publishers, NYC. Full margins. The image depicts a characterization of Burl Ives.


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The Hymn Singer



Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
Goin' Home
9-1/2 x 11-7/8 in.

Lithograph, 1937, edition 250. Fath 14. Signed on the stone, lower right, signed in pencil. Printed on wove paper with watermark, GCM.


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Goin' Home



Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
Down the River
12-1/2 x 10 in.

Lithograph, 1939, edition 250. Fath 33. Signed on the stone, lower right, and in pencil. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Rives. Full margins.


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Down the River



Thomas Hart Benton

American (1889-1975)
Haystack
10-3/8 x 12-7/8 in.

Lithograph, 1938, edition 250. Fath 21. Signed on the stone, lower left, and in pencil. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, GCM. Full margins.


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Haystack



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