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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. Portrait of Judge Brown Harris is a striking example of Benton’s late style and subject matter, which focused on the local Kansas City scene and patrons; Judge Brown Harris was a circuit judge in Kansas City, Missouri, for 24 years. Mia’s collection is weak in American Regionalism and this portrait represents a very significant addition.
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