Thomas Hart Benton
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.
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)
Frame: 28 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated, lower right: "Benton / 31"
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John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.948_SL1.jpg)
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