THOMAS HART BENTON HAND SIGNED OFFSET LITHOGRAPH, "Thomas H. Benton", 4.25 x 6, color, of his c.1970 self-portrait. Here is what he said about the self-portrait: "This is a study, from the mirror image, of an old artist, 'grandaddy Benton' as all the kids call me. I had a belly when I did it but after building a stone retaining wall, 65 feel long and in some places 10 feet high, on our place in Martha's Vineyard, I got rid of it." Also included from our research is a copy of his "study" sketch he did for the painting and a copy of an image showing him standing next to the completed self-portrait. In fine condition.
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was an American painter and muralist. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, resided briefly in Paris and New York City, then settled in Kansas City, working as an instructor of drawing/painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. His most famous pupil was the Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. Benton, along with Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, John Sloan, Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh, was part of the Regionalist Art movement that had its heyday during the WPA era of the 1930's. (As a trivia note, a self-portrait of Benton was the first color cover of Time Magazine in 1934!) Benton is well known for his mural paintings that depict common everyday scenes of Midwestern life.