Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton (1989) tells the story of the American painter who defended the aesthetics of realism. Benton took on the art establishment and railed against abstraction, pushing for art that was accessible to ordinary people.

  • Earl Bennett on Benton's Work | Ken Burns: Thomas Hart Benton

    Earl Bennett, a former student of Thomas Hart Benton, talks about the beauty in Benton's work. Benton found and painted the beauty that he saw in the everyday things. For example, his paintings might be of an old farmer, hogs, a beat-up steamboat, cotton pickers, minstrals, and more.

    Grades: 9-12