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

Thomas Hart Benton, Construction Scene (Excavation)

Construction Scene (Excavation)

Essay by Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original I included [this drawing] in an exhibition of Benton’s best drawings organized by the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.  At that time it was still owned by the Benton Trust.  You’ll find it reproduced in the book that accompanied this show, Thomas Hart … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, The Lord is My Shepherd

Thomas Hart Benton at Martha’s Vineyard

Benton made his first trip to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 1920. His wife Rita invited Benton to join her, believing the country atmosphere would have a soothing effect. In Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original, Henry Adams writes: “He returned every summer to the island, and for the first half of the 1920s, … Continue reading

Thomas Hart Benton, The Bicyclers

The Bicyclers

Essay by Henry Adams Author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original The Bicyclers, circa 1960-61, acrylic polymer emulsion on canvas mounted on panel, 30 x 40 inches, is a well-documented example of Benton’s work that is reproduced in the monograph by Matthew Baigell, Thomas Hart Benton, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1974, plate 197. … Continue reading

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

Express Train (Going West)

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

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

Benton as an illustrator

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

Thomas Hart Benton, Homecoming (Kaw Valley)

1951 Benton flood painting sells for $1.9 million

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

Thomas Hart Benton, History of Water

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