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Louisiana Rice Fields

Thomas Hart Benton

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Egg tempera and oil on Masonite
DATES 1928
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Benton"
CREDIT LINE John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 38.79_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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