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Thomas Benton is known for his depictions of the American working class and rural landscapes. He traveled around the American South in the 1920s to gather ideas for his art and made many sketches along the way. Here we see workers harvesting a rice crop, putting it through machinery to be sorted and then bagged.
I like the realism in this painting and they way that is shows hardworking Americans. It makes me think of an industrial society evolving from rural America.
Thomas Benton, who painted this work, was definitely interested in showing parts of rural American during a time when the country was rapidly industrializing!
I heard he has a really cool type of wraparound maybe mural? In the Met?
He does indeed have a ten panel mural called "America Today," which would have been able to cover and entire room!
The mural shows scenes from different regions of the United States, based on benton's own travels throughout the country.