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An Artist in America

Author: Thomas Hart Benton

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ISBN: UOM:39015042562218

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Controversial, flamboyant, contentious, brilliant--Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was certainly all of those. Few American artists have stirred so much love and hatred as he did in a career that lasted almost seventy years. Although his painting aroused much controversy, perhaps equally as much was created by his words, for his piercing wit, profane sarcasms, and insightful condemnations were fired off without restraint. In this fiery and provocative autobiography, Benton presents an intriguing records of American art and society during his lifetime. The first installment of this work was published in 1937, but Benton continued his life story in chapters added to editions published in 1951 and 1968. This new edition includes seventy-six drawings that add much to his narrative, plus a foreword discussing Benton's place in American art and an afterword covering his career after 1968, both written by art historian Matthew Baigell. Although Benton is most famous as a regionalist painter and muralist, his complex and fascinating career brought him into contact with many of the most important artists and thinkers of the century, including Jackson Pollock, Grant Wood, Julian Huxley, Felix Frankfurter, Eugene Debbs, John Reed, and Harry Truman. While living in New York and on Martha's Vineyard in the 1920s and 1930s, Benton often associated with leading intellectuals and radicals. However, when his evolving principles of art led him away from an interest in Marxism, he was bitterly attacked by many of his former friends, and his account of that time reveals strikingly the fierce critical battles he faced in trying to establish his own artistic vision. Critics on the Left were not his only opponents, however, and equally revealing are his responses to the moral condemnations heaped on his murals done for the states of Indiana and Missouri and on his realistic nudes of the late 1930s. Throughout his account, from descriptions of his boyhood in southwest Missouri, his travels, and his career to discussions of specific works of art and other artists, Benton portrays people and events as vividly in words as he does in his paintings.
Thomas Hart Benton
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Authors: Thomas Hart Benton
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Type: BOOK - Published: 1975 - Publisher: Ardent Media

Interview with the noted American painter, in which he points out the influence of his political family background upon his artistic philosophy and style.
An Artist in America
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Pages: 395
Authors: Thomas Hart Benton
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1983 - Publisher:

Controversial, flamboyant, contentious, brilliant--Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was certainly all of those. Few American artists have stirred so much love and hatred as he did in a career that lasted almost seventy years. Although his painting aroused much controversy, perhaps equally as much was created by his words, for his
Tom and Jack
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Pages: 416
Authors: Henry Adams
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-12-01 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, trailblazing Abstract Expressionist, appear to be the polar opposite of Thomas Hart Benton's highly figurative Americana. Yet the two men had a close and highly charged relationship dating from Pollock's days as a student under Benton. Pollock's first and only formal training came from
Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound
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Pages: 200
Authors: Leo G. Mazow, Thomas Hart Benton
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Penn State Press

"Argues that musical imagery in the art of American painter Thomas Hart Benton was part of a larger belief in the capacity of sound to register and convey meaning"--Provided by publisher.
Thomas Hart Benton
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Pages: 223
Authors: Henry Adams
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-14 - Publisher: University of Missouri

Series of essays by Henry Adams examining artist Thomas Hart Benton. Adams examines the battles of Benton's career, including the struggles over the subject matter of his murals and his love-hate relationship with the student with whom he worked most closely, another iconic artist of the 20th century, Jackson Pollock.