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Lonesome Road

Accession Number
1980/2.174

Title
Lonesome Road

Artist(s)
Thomas Hart Benton

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1938

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
( );22 1/16 in x 18 in (56.04 cm x 45.72 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Suzanne Beutler

Subject matter
The theme of this print, a lonesome figure on the road, is one Benton visited often and this print is based on a 1926 drawing in Arkansas (see curatorial notes). Thomas Hart Benton was an American Regionalist, best know for his murals. Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, but spent much of his childhood in Washington D.C. Benton payed homage to everyday life and everyday people through his art.  He captured both rural and urban settings, and his art was often a social commentary. Benton was influenced by social realism, particulary by Diego Rivera.

Physical Description
This is a print of an African American man in a mule-drawn wooden cart. There is a yew tree in the cart, behind the man. The man wears a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, dark pants, and a cap. The road is empty, with fields surrounding the road. There is a wooden church in the background with a tall cross in the ground beside the church.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
African American
Regionalist (American Scene)
carts
churches (buildings)
modern and contemporary art
mules (mammals)
roads
rural areas

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