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Thomas Hart Benton is best known for his advancement of the regionalist style. Along with John Steuart Curry, he produced works with themes of small towns and rural America. Even though Benton seems to have held on to some Expressionist roots by using a few off colors and extended curves, his work still demonstrates the movement towards realism during the 1920's. He also painted murals in many parts of the United States, including a masterpiece called Modern America in New York City.


Born in Neosho, Missouri, Benton grew up in a pre-Civil War farming community. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then spent three years and Paris. When he returned to the United States, he rejected the trends of the time and developed the regionalist style. He died in 1975.


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