Thomas Hart Benton



Thomas Hart Benton was the leading advocate of Regionalism, a movement characterized by its celebration of rural America. Together with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, Benton was catapulted to fame in 1934 following the group’s first exhibition together titled American Painting Since Whistler at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1933.

Benton is known for his portrayal of romanticized small-town scenes, which reflected his belief that art should be accessible to the average person, and his use of bold color and undulating forms. His style combined elements of modernism and realism to create something uniquely his own. 

Benton’s work is in several public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

2020     American Masters: Art of the 20th – 21st Centuries

2017     American Masters: Art of the 19th – 21st Centuries

2010     American Masters: Art of the 19th, 20th, & 21st Centuries