Journal - The Arts of Life in America

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Journal - The Arts of Life in America

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The Arts of Life in America: Arts in the City(detail), 1932
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

Thomas Hart Benton was a pivotal figure in the story of art in America. Originally influenced by the old masters of Europe, then by the modern artists experimenting with abstraction, he turned away to paint his own country and its people, becoming the leader of the 'Regionalist Movement.'

Benton's celebrated five-panel mural series The arts of Life in america depicts the 'Arts' pf everyday life in America -- music, games, dance, and sports. the panels also display regional diversity, unemployment, crime, and political nonsense, giving a comprehensive portrait of life in the 1930's. the murals were purchased by the New Britain Museum of American Art in 1953, and Benton maintained a special relationship with the Museum for the rest of his life. In addition to the murals themselves, the Museum holds five preliminary studies for the series and an almost complete set of Benton's lithographs.

90 pages, 6 x 8 inches