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One of the leading figures of American Scene painting, Thomas Hart Benton traveled throughout the United States seeking what he perceived to be authentically American subject matter. After watching a rodeo in Wyoming, he made this watercolor, which provided the basis for a vignette in The Arts of Life in America, a monumental mural cycle installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1932. In the watercolor, Benton’s undulating lines and loose brushstrokes convey the energetic struggle between the horses and cowboys.
- Artist: Thomas Hart Benton, American, 1889-1975
- Medium: Watercolor over graphite on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper mounted to a secondary paper
- Place Made: United States
- Dates: 1931
- Dimensions: Sheet: 21 1/4 x 27 3/4 in. (54 x 70.5 cm) Frame: 28 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated, lower right: "Benton / 31"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 35.948
- Credit Line: John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975). Lassoing Horses, 1931. Watercolor over graphite on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper mounted to a secondary paper, Sheet: 21 1/4 x 27 3/4 in. (54 x 70.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 35.948. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)