Memphis Brooks Museum of Art


Memphis, Tennessee


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Lasting Impressions: Drawings by

Thomas Hart Benton


February 1 - March 29, 1998


Camp at Current River, c.1968-70


Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, in 1889. He was named after his great uncle, a major political figure who served in the U.S. Senate from 1821 to 1851. Benton drew from his heritage and applied it to his life as an artist by expressing through his art a concern for the American people, its land and politics. At eighteen, he began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Later to be a part of the intellectual art movements taking place in Europe, he moved to Paris and continued his studies at the famed Academie Julian.


Riverboat "City of Memphis," c.1930-35


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