portrait of an elderly man with thick, short white hair and double chin, looking and turned slightly toward PL; man wears a grey jacket and vest, green necktie and white shirt; dark grey ground

© Estate Thomas Hart Benton %2F Copyright VAGA%2C New York%2C NY

Portrait of Judge Brown Harris, 1944

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After dabbling in many styles including Impressionism and Abstraction, Thomas Hart Benton chose American Regionalism, in which he became a key figure. American Regionalism is a style and subject matter uniquely and intentionally American: it portrays the laboring class of society, local characters, and the American scenes of rural life and ordinary people. Judge Brown Harris was a circuit judge in Kansas City, Missouri, for 24 years. A decade after the sitter’s death in 1948, this portrait was installed in the courtroom over which the judge had presided.

Details
Title
Portrait of Judge Brown Harris
Artist Life
1889–1975
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.82.1
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portrait of an elderly man with thick, short white hair and double chin, looking and turned slightly toward PL; man wears a grey jacket and vest, green necktie and white shirt; dark grey ground

© Estate Thomas Hart Benton / Copyright VAGA, New York, NY

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