Thomas Hart Benton Week at TechnoChitlins

Thomas Hart Benton – Self-Portrait with Rita


Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Though his work is strongly associated with the Midwestern United States, he studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there, summered for 50 years on Martha’s Vineyard off the New England coast, and also painted scenes of the American South and West.

Benton’s work is all over the internet, but there is a distinct lack of documentation for whatever reason, hence none of these works are dated, and one is untitled. If I’ve missed a resource someone please let me know. Most of these works date from the Thirties and Forties, I’m pretty sure…

These works are about as American as it gets- Benton captured startling and spooky vignettes of life in the States mid-Twentieth Century. This is a small, small sampling of his art.