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Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)
Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri. His cartoon-like paintings showed everyday scenes of the contemporary Midwest, especially bucolic images of pre-industrial farmlands. Benton's sympathy was with the agricultural working class and the small farmer, caught in the path of the Industrial Revolution. His works often show the melancholy, desperation and beauty of small-town life.
Kentuckian
Plowing It Under
Off
Mississippi
Ballad of the Jealous Lover
Vineyard
Kansas City

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She's Off
Thomas Hart Benton #1
Watercolor on paper, 1944

The lines cut, the LST (Loading Ship, Tank) slides into the water--a new member of the vast landing craft program. These ships, built in Pittsburgh on the banks of the Ohio River, are launched sideways instead of in the conventional method, stern first.
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