Thomas Hart Benton's name is synonymous with American Regionalism. Born in Neosho, Missouri, which is by all accounts your typical middle-American town, as the son of a U.S. Congressman and grandson of a U.S. Senator, it is no wonder Benton's best works present both the realities of and political commentary on American life. Benton studied art first at the Art Institute of Chicago before studying for three years in Paris at the Academie Julien. When Benton returned for Paris, he settled in New York, where, to his dismay, his European modernist paintings did not sell. After serving time in World War I as a draftsman in the Navy, Benton turned to realism, and his first post-war exhibition of these works were a success. His true acclaim as an artist began with the mural "The American Historical Epic" for the New School of Social Research in New York City.
Louis Katz Art Galleries, New York, 1953
Henry van Dam, Madison, New Jersey
Stuart, Jesse, Taps for Private Tussie, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1943