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Woman at Piano

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Woman at Piano

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Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889–1975


ca. 1926


Oil on paper

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The American Scene painter Thomas Hart Benton is well known for his uniquely American paintings that combined aspects of realism and modernism. Unlike his colorful portrayals of Midwestern life for which he gained his reputation, Woman at Piano reveals Benton in a quiet, domestic mood. Benton, an avid harmonica player who often participated in musical productions here likely represents his wife, Rita, at the piano.


Purchase with J. J. Haverty Memorial Fund for the J. J. Haverty Collection

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© T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York