Oral history interview with Thomas Hart Benton

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.benton73
Creators:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1973 July 23-24
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
68 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Thomas Hart Benton conducted 1973 July 23-24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Benton speaks of his childhood in Missouri and Washington, D.C., working as a newspaper cartoonist, and classes at the Chicago Art Institute (1907-1908) and the Academie Julian in Paris (1908). He discusses the New York art world, painting scenes for silent movies, the "Stieglitz Society," the synchromist and regionalist movements, John Weichsel and the People's Art Guild, teaching at the Art Students League and the Kansas City Art Institute, murals and mural techniques, lithographic illustrations, drawings, and World War II propaganda posters. He recalls Thomas Craven, Rex Ingram, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Jackson Pollock, Alma Reed, Boardman Robinson, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was a painter and mural painter.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 46 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Regionalism in art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Synchromism (Art) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Craven, Thomas, b. 1889 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ingram, Rex, 1895-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reed, Alma M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robinson, Boardman, 1876-1952 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weichsel, John, 1870-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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