Robert Benton Back From The Fields Summary

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In this exhibit, Thomas Hart Benton attempts to give an understanding of the working class American. During the 1920’s and 1930’s the Great Depression crippled the American population. Due to this, the working class had been pushed back and were struggling to survive. Benton’s father had described to him the life in rural America so Benton felt the need to go back to the roots of this country and share them in a more mainstream setting. I viewed this exhibit at our university art gallery, on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I walked in by myself and walked through the halls with my headphones on, ready to experience the art. I had read about what the lithographs might look like and represent, so going in I had this one idea in my head. A lithograph …show more content…

Justin Wolff’s comments on Benton go on to say, His Missouri project included slaves being whipped, a lynched man hanging from a tree, and the James brothers staging bank and train robberies. The Indiana painting prominently featured the Ku Klux Klan holding a rally in front of a burning cross. In both cases, local citizens were outraged.” In other lithographs, he would appear to be to idealizing the past in a way that he never did before. He appears to be showing that the time when rural America was thriving and the heart of the United States. In the lithograph titled, The Boy, a boy is seen packing up his suitcase and waving goodbye to his parents. This shows a simpler life, and one that Benton views as ideal. Agriculture was one of the largest part of the American economy, and the weather played a factor in the economic success of those in rural America. This can be seen in the lithograph, Rainy Day. There is a dark cast over the rural farm, showing that they might not be able to do the work they need to. This was like what the Great Depression did to Americans, it cast over them like a rain and make it so financial success was impossible. One of the other lithographs titled Letter from

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