Louisiana Rice Fields
Thomas Hart Benton
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
Thomas Hart Benton focused on the broad appeal of the commonplace, as seen in this painting of laboring rice harvesters. He described American “types” rather than specific individuals and places, and rendered them in a directly expressive, almost caricatured manner. Benton, and his peers in the American Scene movement of painting that arose in the late 1920s, deliberately abandoned European-derived subjects and urban settings in favor of imagery drawn from the rural United States.
Egg tempera and oil on Masonite
30 1/8 × 47 7/8 in. (76.5 × 121.6 cm)
frame: 38 1/8 x 55 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (96.8 x 141.9 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Benton"
John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975). Louisiana Rice Fields, 1928. Egg tempera and oil on Masonite, 30 1/8 × 47 7/8 in. (76.5 × 121.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 38.79 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.79_PS1.jpg)
overall, 38.79_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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