Currently on View in Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Galleries (K205)
A barrel, a plow, and a cart indicate farm work. They guide the spectator’s gaze on a zigzag through the composition.
The rhythmic, curving lines of the composition suggest the vitality of nature and are characteristic of Benton’s work.
Benton was the leader of the Regionalist artists, who favored images of America, especially the rural Midwest. Members of this movement depicted scenes of daily life, in conscious contrast to the more abstract work of their Modernist contemporaries.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cantor; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1960.