Thomas Hart Benton

1889-1975, Kansas City, MO

"Goin' Home," 1937

Lithograph on wove paper, watermark Rives
From the edition of 250; signed in pencil in the lower margin, at right: Benton; Associated American Artists, New York, pub.
Image: 9.375" H x 11.875" W; Sheet: 11.875" H x 16" W

  • Provenance: John Moran Auctioneers, Pasadena, CA, April 17, 2012, Lot 1194
    Property from a Private Southern California Estate, acquired from the above
  • Literature: Fath 14
  • Notes: Born and raised in Neosho, a rural farm town in southwest Missouri, Thomas Hart Benton grew up accompanying his father on political campaigns. By the time he was 18, Benton had become a talented commercial illustrator, and moved to Illinois after enrolling in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1907. He would continue his studies a year later in Paris at the Académie Julian.

    Benton's upbringing would go on to be a major influence in his work. His paintings, lithographs, and murals, often depict rural farm life, many with political undertones, highlighting the life and struggle of the rural working class. It was Benton's vision to provide an image of the American people often overlooked in history, and create work that he felt the average American could appreciate.

    Later in his career, Thomas Hart Benton went on the teach at the Art Students League in New York from 1926-1935, with one of his most famous students being none other than Jackson Pollock. In 1975 Benton completed his final piece, a mural, painted just before he passed way on January 19, 1975 in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Condition: Generally good condition. Full margins with deckled edges. Hinged to the backmat with various tapes, including scotch, at the upper margin corners.


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