Thomas Hart Benton

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Birthday
15, 1889
Birthplace
Neosho, MO
Death Date
Jan 19, 1975 (85)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
15, 1889
Birthplace
Neosho, MO
Death Date
Jan 19, 1975 (85)

About

Painter and muralist of the Regionalist art movement whose works included "America Today" and "Indiana Murals." He favored scenes of the American Midwest, South, and West.

Before Fame

He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Academie Julian in Paris. He was profoundly influenced by the Synchromism of Stanton Macdonald-Wright.

Trivia

He taught Jackson Pollock at the Art Students League of New York.

Family Life

He married Italian immigrant Rita Piacenza in 1922; together, they had a son, Thomas Piacenza Benton, and a daughter, Jessie Benton.

Associated With

He met Diego Rivera while studying in Paris.