Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

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Lot #: 130
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)
Cover illustration for We, the People, by Leo Huberman (1903-1968). Lot includes first edition of the book, with original dust jacket, copyright 1932. The United States in the nineteen-thirties saw a revival of Americanism in art. Regionalist artist, Thomas Hart Benton, was at the forefront of this movement, capturing the spirit and politics of the time. He stated that the regionalists "symbolized aesthetically what the majority of Americans had in mind--America, itself." Benton's cover illustration for Leo Huberman's We, the People optimizes these ideals, and brings to life this controversial narrative of the American people, displaying the bold, vivid colors and characters Benton is known for. Huberman first met Benton while working as a young educator in New York City in the late twenties and early thirties. The two became good friends, and remained friends the rest of their lives. At the beginning of this relationship, Huberman began writing We, the People, a very different
Oil on Canvas Board, 17"x25"
Very good with some minor touch up in the background.Original frame
Auction Date
Sep 26, 2009

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