Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Benton, Thomas Hart

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton (printed by George C. Miller) depicting a donkey on a stark Midwestern farm.
This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 8 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (22.2 x 33.9 cm).

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting two farmers and a donkey on a stark Midwestern farm.
This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 9 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. (25.1 x 32.2 cm).

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting four young fisherman in two boats on a small river. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 12 1/2 x 10 in. (31.8 x 25.3 cm).

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting an adult and child waving to a passing train at the edge of a stark Midwestern town. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 9 x 10 3/4 in. (22.7 x 27.5 cm).

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting a sedentary poet. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 8 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. (22.6 x 31.4 cm).

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Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting a farmer wading into a shallow creek. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 14 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (36.2 x 23.9 cm).

Object Type: 
Prints

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting a horse and well on a Midwestern farm. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 7 7/8 x 12 in. (20.0 x 30.5 cm).

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Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. This issue includes a supplemental section coming out against a proposed permanent registration bill they argue “will only saddle us with vote fraud conditions even worse than in the past,” and reporting past voter fraud. Other featured articles include: “He Must Have Worried Terribly” (pp.

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Clippings

St. Louis Star-Times article about the 1936 investigation into election fraud, including a sketch of Pendergast by Thomas Hart Benton. The article reports Pendergast "said today that he had been investigated so often that 'one more doesn't bother me much.'" He argued that he had no idea of any election fraud.

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Essays

Statement signed "A BUM ART CRITIC" (later found to be written by Homer B. Mann) analyzing the negative representation of Kansas City contained in a Thomas Hart Benton mural in the State House rotunda.

Author: 
Mary Frances Ivey
University of Kansas

Thomas Hart Benton, one of the leaders of the Regionalist movement in American art, was a prolific painter, muralist, draughtsman, and sculptor from childhood until the end of his life in 1975. Today he is best known for his realist depictions of American life, which, in his own time, were perceived as directly opposed to modernist movements cultivated in Europe. His paintings, largely vignettes of daily life and ordinary rural characters, were simultaneously praised for their frankness and criticized for their gritty representations of American culture and history.

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.