Exhibitions

Thomas Hart Benton, Self-Portrait with Rita (1922)

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY. Works of Art by Thomas Hart Benton are © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

On view June 6, 2015 to September 7, 2015

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton's art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.

Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, Texas.

The exhibition was made possible in part by Bank of America and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Arts and Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Christie's provided in-kind support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.

 

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Images

Thomas Hart Benton, Bootleggers, 1927.

Thomas Hart Benton, Bootleggers, 1927.

Egg Tempera and oil on linen, mounted on Masonite panel. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winton Salem, North Carolina, Museum purchase with funds provided by Barbara B. Millhouse.

Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trust/UMB Bank Trustee/License by VAGA, New York, NY

Thomas Hart Benton, Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek, 1967.

Thomas Hart Benton, Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek, 1967.

Polymer and tempera on Masonite panel. Courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trust/UMB Bank Trustee/License by VAGA, New York, NY

Thomas Hart Benton, Portrait of a Musician, 1949.

Thomas Hart Benton, Portrait of a Musician, 1949.

Casein, egg tempera, and oil varnish on canvas, mounted on wood panel. 48 1/2 x 32 in.

Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Anonymous gift.

Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trust/UMB Bank Trustee/License by VAGA, New York, NY

Thomas Hart Benton, Hollywood, 1937-38

Thomas Hart Benton, Hollywood, 1937-38

Tempera with oil on canvas, mounted on board

56 x 84 in.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bequest of the artist. Photo by Jamison Miller. Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trust/UMB Bank Trustee/License by VAGA, New York, NY

Thomas Hart Benton, Self-Portrait with Rita (1922)

Thomas Hart Benton, Self-Portrait with Rita (1922)

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY. Works of Art by Thomas Hart Benton are © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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