Express Train (Going West)

Thomas Hart Benton, Express Train (Going West), lithographic crayon

Essay by Dr. Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original At the risk of seeming to indulge in hyperbole, I think this is one of Benton’s very finest drawings, ranking with the best drawings by him I have seen. Indeed, if one were choosing one drawing by him to sum up his … Continue reading

Benton as an illustrator

Thomas Hart Benton, Three River's South, Young Abe Lincoln

Benton’s skill as a “visual historian” made him an ideal illustrator and natural storyteller.  His body of work contains an impressive number of illustrations. In the 30s, The Limited Editions Club of New York asked Benton to illustrated special editions of three Mark Twain’s books.  These special editions were a part of a series matching … Continue reading

1951 Benton flood painting sells for $1.9 million

Thomas Hart Benton, Homecoming (Kaw Valley)

A timely and poignant painting of the wreckage caused by massive flooding in 1951 recently came up for auction at Sotheby’s.  The painting, “Flood Disaster” by Thomas Hart Benton, exceeded the high estimate of $1.2 million, selling for $1.9 million. The painting depicts the destruction of two homes along the Kansas River.  A woman stands … Continue reading

History of Water

Thomas Hart Benton, History of Water

Essay by Dr. Henry Adams Author of “Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original Thomas Hart Benton established his reputation in the 1930s with five mural projects which changed the face of American art and provided the principle artistic model for the WPA mural program. They are generally considered the most important mural projects ever executed … Continue reading