Sugar Cane

Thomas Hart Benton, 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 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

The Birth of Regionalism

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

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