Louisiana Rice Fields
Thomas Hart Benton
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
The depiction of laboring rice harvesters is typical of the work of Thomas Hart Benton, a leader in the American Scene movement of painting the arose in that late 1920s. Benton and his peers deliberately abandoned European-derived subjects and urban setting in favor of imagery drawn from rural America. Born in Missouri and educated in Chicago and Paris, Benton began to seek out these themes in 1926, during the first of the many trips through the Midwest and the South. Focusing on the broad appeal of the commonplace he described American "types" rather than specific individuals and place, and rendered them in a directly expressive, almost caricatured manner.
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Egg tempera and oil on Masonite
30 1/8 × 47 7/8 in. (76.5 × 121.6 cm)
frame: 38 1/8 x 55 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (96.8 x 141.9 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Benton"
John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975). Louisiana Rice Fields, 1928. Egg tempera and oil on Masonite, 30 1/8 × 47 7/8 in. (76.5 × 121.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 38.79 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.79_PS1.jpg)
overall, 38.79_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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