Cotton Picker

Title

Cotton Picker

Subject

Virginia
Art

Description

Born in Neosho, Missouri into a family of lawyers and politicians, Thomas Hart Benton became one of his state's most recognized painters. Finding the scenes of the common man most fascinating to paint, Benton was a pioneer of the regionalist art movement focusing on nostalgic settings of the Midwest. Benton painted Cotton Pickers based on notes from a visit to Georgia in which he conveyed the dignity of the pickers despite their harsh working conditions. Cotton cultivation was particular subject of interest to Benton especially in light of rapid industrialization, which permanently changed the American landscape. he received several commissions for murals during his lifetime, including from the Whitney Museum in New York and the Missouri State Capitol.

Creator

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975)

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

TAU_ART_000118
2004.001

Date Created

1943

Is Part Of

Taubman Museum of Art

Medium

painting (visual works)
oil

Provenance

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. University Libraries
Taubman Museum of Art (Repository)
Acquired with fund provided by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust

Files

TAU_ART_000118_0001.jpg

Tags

Citation

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), “Cotton Picker,” Southwest Virginia Digital Library, accessed September 16, 2019, http://di.lib.vt.edu/items/show/942.