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Thomas Hart Benton: A Life
 
 
Author
Justin Wolff.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780374199876
Pages/Publication Date 400/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40255
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Born in Missouri at the end of the 19th century, Thomas Hart Benton would become the first artist to appear on the cover of Time. By the mid-1930s, Benton's heroic murals were featured in galleries, statehouses, universities, and museums, and magazines commissioned him to report on the stories of the day. Yet he was often scorned by critics and political commentators (including his formerly devoted student Jackson Pollock), many of whom found him too nationalistic and his art too regressive. Justin Wolff places Benton in the context of his tumultuous historical moment, giving us a portrait of an influential, controversial, often misunderstood man.

"[The author] makes the artist interesting, largely by taking a balanced view of him. He neither praises nor critically buries Benton but rather, and with what feels like an undercurrent of empathy, works hard to give him his day in court.... Some biographies edit out ambiguity; they want us to love or loathe their subjects. Wolff takes the opposite tack. He lays out all of Benton's contrarieties [and] argues them through.... The Benton who emerges is not appealing, but neither is he simple, even though he spent much of his energy trying to be."NYTBR

"Wolff writes with the muscular energy of Benton's earthy paintings while performing the more tempered precision of informed and fair analysis as he deciphers the contentiousness and ambiguities of this pugnacious individualist and ornery populist.... Wolff's is the most illuminating portrait yet of this contrary artist in search of authenticity."Booklist (starred review)

 
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