THOMAS HART BENTON,Vintage Crafting Thomas Benton – Sunday Morning – A Treasury of American Prints

Thomas Benton – Sunday Morning – A Treasury of American Prints


BENTON HAS OFTEN been accused of lack offeeling. It is true that in his great
murals sympathy is sometimes submerged by compositional brilliancy and a
reporter’s instinct, but his lithographs testify to his greatheartedness and his
understanding of the underprivileged.

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Edge of Town and Lonesome Road reflect the hopelessness of barren lives:

strikes a different note, for at least one day a week a thin wedge of hope enters into these lives.

The Southern Negro, though naturally optimistic and gay, gets bogged down in the oppres-
sive conditions of daily existence. The little rural church is the answer for the
old folk and for some of the younger ones.

is less bleak, less unrelieved than most of Benton’s litho-
graphs. Light and shade are distributed with less dramatic contrast than usual,
and the blacks are not so emphatic.

For the first time, the artist has modified the slashing conciseness of his

effects by recourse to detail, but without sacrificing power and impressiveness.









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