Thomas Hart Benton, Three River's South, Young Abe Lincoln
  • Benton featured in catalogue

    IMAGES OF THE 20TH CENTURY
    Published Fall 2012 | "Images of the 20th Century" brings together a collection of paintings, drawings and lithographs that capture the zeitgeists of a country coming into its own. The catalogue is produced in conjunction with Kiechel Fine Art's exhibition, Defining America, on view September 19 - November 25. The catalogue features work by Benton, John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood and others.

Benton, West Texas

West Texas

West Texas 1952, oil on board 9 x 11 inches Essay by Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original Around 1950, as Regionalism came under attack, Benton began to make trips into the lonely regions of the west and to produce paintings of western subject matter based on the sketches that he … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, Harbor Scene

Benton and art during wartime

What does war look like through the eyes of an artist like Thomas Hart Benton? That question is the focus of an exhibit at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, and is the topic of discussion in a recent podcast from Missouri radio station KBIA.  Host Raymond Stern and two panelists look at the … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, The Lord is My Shepherd

“The Lord is My Shepherd” featured in Whitney’s video series

A while back, we wrote about the enormous influence that Martha’s Vineyard had on Benton. (Read the post.)  Today, we came across a video from educator Laura Ridloff discussing The Lord is My Shepherd, one of his most significant Vineyard paintings.  The painting features George and Sabrina West, a deaf couple to whom Rita introduced … Continue reading

Benton and others on display at Kiechel Fine Art

Kiechel Fine Art: Benton, Curry, Nichols, Wood and others on display…: Kiechel Fine Art is proud to announce Defining America:Images of the 20th Century , a show that pairs heroic scenes of American h… Kiechel Fine Art: Lincoln Journal Star reviews “Defining America” at…: DEFINING AMERICA: IMAGES OF THE 20TH CENTURY September 23 – November … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, Harbor Scene

Harbor Scene

Harbor Scene, Norfolk1918, watercolor 10 x 14.5 inches Signed lower left “Benton” Essay by Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original In 1918, to avoid being drafted in the infantry, Benton used family influence to get a position in the Navy, safely off the battlefield. In September 1918, after being trained to … Continue reading

Benton in the News: August 26 – September 9

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. National: Paintings from Jack Warner’s collection will be on view at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Warner collection focuses on American art, particularly George Washington imagery, the Hudson River movement, Winslow … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane

1. Sugar Cane Essay by Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original This Sugar Cane painting (above) was a sort of indirect result of several commissions that Thomas Hart Benton was working on at that time, which had been arranged by his New York art gallery, Associated American Artists, and which paid … Continue reading

Benton in the News: July 29 – August 11

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. National: A recent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago examines the horrors and heroism of World War II through rediscovered Soviet propaganda and a panel from Benton’s Perils of War.  … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton's Self Portrait on the cover of Time Magazine

The Birth of Regionalism

During the early 30s, American artists began a departure from the work of their European counterparts, instead looking to their own surroundings for inspiration. In 1934, TIME magazine gave a name to this trend: the “U.S. Scene” or “Regional art”. The corresponding article recognized Benton’s influence as a leader in the movement, and, appropriately, the … Continue reading

Benton in the News: July 14 – 28

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. Chazen Art Museum opens Loaded Images: Printmaking as Persuasion, an exhibition exploring lithographs with social or political statements.  Among the prints included in the show is Prodigal Son by Benton, which … Continue reading