Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas H. Benton
Thomas Hart Benton declared his belief before the Federation of Arts in 1932: “No American art can come to those who do not live an American life, who do not have an American psychology, and who cannot find in America justification of their lives”.

Born in Missouri in 1889, Benton was likely the most important artist of the American Scene Movement. Although he is famous primarily for his murals and paintings, his lithographic works are very important also, as they capture what interested Benton most, the lives of simple people in rural America. One of his most famous murals is in the Truman Memorial Library in Independence.

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