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Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art

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Threshing

ca. 1926-1928
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

Thomas Hart Benton
American (Neosho, MO, 1889 - 1975, Kansas City, MO)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Graphite, ink and watercolor
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon K. Gross
Accession Number: 1977.153
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Most artists interested in depicting machine subjects looked to the city for inspiration. Thomas Hart Benton’s Regionalist vision looked to the rural areas of middle America for subject matter. In this drawing, Benton illustrates how an engine-powered threshing machine was fundamentally changing agricultural labor. Thomas Hart Benton was less interested in the physicality of the actual machine and more interested in the ways in which machines impacted the lives and labors of man.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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Artist's signature, lower right: Benton

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