Thomas Hart Benton  

KC_JJ 54M
5219 posts
1/8/2006 12:25 pm

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Thomas Hart Benton

Mood: thouroughly baffled

I think my favorite United Statesian Artist is Thomas Hart Benton. He was a contemporary of Grant Wood (of American Gothic fame) and for the life of me I can't see why Grant Wood seems to get all the glory form that particular period of US art history.

Thomas Hart Benton royally kicks his ass!

The unsung Salvador Dali of North America.

The Jealous Lover is the top image.
Persephone is the bottom.


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CelticKarma 43F
1350 posts
1/8/2006 9:35 pm

Cool stuff... gonna google them.

Thanks for bringing them to my attention


KC_JJ 54M

1/8/2006 10:54 pm

Hey Karma Chameleon!

So you're still afloat around here?

That's good to see!

And sorry for the Culture Club reference. I just couldn't help myself.

Yes do look up Mr. Hart Benton. An amazing character with an amazing personal history. He was the son of the most successful lawyer in late 18th century Missouri and his father simply _hated_ artists.

And the young Thomas had the gall to fully defy his father in this regard by quite early on insisting that he would become an artist. His father had at that point earned the title of disctrict court judge and was not at all used to getting any sort of backtalk doing what he did professionally.

So thusly Thomas, who had quite a strong personality from even his tender years, was frequently sent away from the dinner table due to this and his father could not stand the fact that no matter what young Tom always thought that his own little opinions were of course "the right ones".

As far as overtly defying authority goes he was definitely my kind of guy!

When my own mother , who was an artist, was in her college years she took a course or two from Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock (Jack the Dripper) was in one of those classes.

Anyways I could go on about him but won't.

There is an great book about him called An American Original that features a lot of his greatest work and does tell the story of the rivalry between him and Grant Wood.

Also look for a great WWII era painting he did called Exterminate. That one is awesome.

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_Safira 53F
11260 posts
1/9/2006 12:48 am

One of my nicknames is Percy, as in Persephone ... and has been for many years amongst my friends. "The Sowers" has always held a visceral, personal draw for me. "People of Chilimark" and "The Cliffs" are favorites, too.

LOVE your comment on "Jack the Dripper!" *priceless*

It is great to see his art endure (with your wonderful post adding to that eternal longevity).

Safira

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KC_JJ 54M

12/13/2006 7:30 pm

    Quoting _Safira:
    One of my nicknames is Percy, as in Persephone ... and has been for many years amongst my friends. "The Sowers" has always held a visceral, personal draw for me. "People of Chilimark" and "The Cliffs" are favorites, too.

    LOVE your comment on "Jack the Dripper!" *priceless*

    It is great to see his art endure (with your wonderful post adding to that eternal longevity).

    Safira
Hey Safira,

I like the sound of the name Persephone much better than the sound of Percy. But Percy is more economical syllablewise.

I think it was a Time magazine article which came out in the mid 50's which officially dubbed him Jack the Dripper but I stole the phrase from my favorrite art instructor in college.

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