Thomas Hart Benton is arguably the most famous painter of the Regionalist movement in American art. His art recorded aspects of American folk culture that were embedded in its rural music, labor practices, and religious beliefs. This small sketch was created during Benton's extensive travels throughout the southeast in the late 1920s. The same figure grouping in this sketch also appears in Benton’s ambitious mural, America Today, which recently underwent extensive conservation for permanent exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His best-known painting from this time period, Cotton Pickers, Georgia, is also in the Met’s collection.
Thomas Hart Benton
Wright Collection of Southern Art
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graphite and ink on paper
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