Man behind a plow pulled by a burro at center; woman with a bucket, sowing seeds behind man; small house in background at center, with trees at left

© T.H. and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts %2F Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C NY

Planting (Spring Plowing), 1939

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Together with John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton was a leading American Regionalist painter and printmaker known for his sympathetic portrayals of everyday life in the United States, especially rural and small town scenes in the Midwest. Initially active in modernist circles in Paris and New York City, Benton later rejected modernism and abstraction in favor of naturalism and representational art. He later resettled in his home state of Missouri, where he lived the remainder of his life. His sympathy for the working class and small farmer is evident in many of his works, including the present lithograph, which depicts an African American couple working their less-than-ideal acreage, their hardscrabble life underscored by their lone burro and modest farmhouse in the distance.

Exhibitions
  • America, Seen

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Sunday, September 04, 2016
Details
Title
Planting (Spring Plowing)
Artist Life
1889–1975
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.258
Provenance
(The Old Print Shop, New York); sold to MIA, 2002.
Catalogue Raisonne
Fath 28
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Man behind a plow pulled by a burro at center; woman with a bucket, sowing seeds behind man; small house in background at center, with trees at left

© T.H. and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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