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Lonesome Road

Accession Number

Lonesome Road

Thomas Hart Benton

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

( );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

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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

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