Thomas Hart Benton Mural Number 2

Thomas Hart Benton Mural Number 2
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Number 2

Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975) is considered one of the greatest exponents of a very unique pictorial movement in the United States. The regionalist painting. A painting in which this author stood out for images like this, made in 1932 and which is currently in the New Britain Museum of American Art Connecticut.


Mural 2 Arts of the West by Thomas Hart Benton

This type of painting was of great importance in the years of the Great Depression that followed the Crash of 1929. They were works in which aspects of everyday life were painted American, and with this they wanted to encourage the population, in addition to extolling the values ​​of the nation.

Without a doubt, this work is an extraordinary example of this, since we see a scene of something as emblematic in American culture as life in the west. In a single blow it shows us several groups of characters, in very different attitudes. There are cowboys trying to lasso horses to people playing poker, as well as others dancing, one pointing his rifle or musicians playing songs that are surely country-style.

All of this is presented to us with enormous dynamism. Everything seems to juxtapose, almost run over each other, which undoubtedly helps that the ground where all the actions take place is a very inclined plane. Something that further compresses the space. Aspace in which, by the way, the interior and the exterior merge.

This sense of movement was characteristic ofBenton, who had traveled to Europe in his youth to complete his training as an artist. And there he, above all, was interested in issues that affected both line and color, always with the purpose of generating movement and expressiveness. And those same values ​​were transferred to his most famous student, none other than Jackson Pollock, who precisely during the same years that Benton painted this mural, a young Pollock attended his classes at the Art Students League of New York.

It is clear that the art of both is very different, since Benton was always a figurative painter. And perhaps that is his greatest merit, especially because he took common people as his object, democratizing art in some way. In addition to painting many scenes of rural America and the Midwest, he also helped popularize the art, and get it out of the big metropolises, especially New York.

But there is still one more value to highlight in his works, and especially in thisMural number 2 Western Arts. And it is that with his sense of linearity, his dynamism and his mastery of color, he is able to evoke non-visual sensations, such as the sound of music that is supposed to fill the whole image.

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