Aaron

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Aaron

Thomas H. Benton (American, 1889-1975)


Benton was one of the most important painters of the American Scene movement. His signature works were Regionalist images depicting life in America, especially laboring figures in the Midwest.

In this portrait, the undulating lines typical of Benton’s style predominate. The furrows of the worker’s face resemble those frequently found in the skies and terrain of his landscape paintings.

Aaron was made in Benton’s most prolific period of printmaking, during which he also created lithographic illustrations for Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cantor; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1963.

Object Information

artist
Thomas H. Benton (American, 1889-1975)
creation date
1941
materials
ink
dimensions
12 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (image)
17 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed in stone, L.L.: Benton | signed in pencil, below image, L.R.: Benton
accession number
63.220
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cantor
copyright
© T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA/New York/NY
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors