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Woman at Piano

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Woman at Piano

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889–1975

Date

ca. 1926

Medium

Oil on paper

Accession #

1983.73

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

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.

Credit

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

Image Copyright

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