Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter andmuralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of theRegionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Though his work is strongly associated with the Midwest, he studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there; summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard off the New England coast; and also painted scenes of the American South and the American West.
WIn 1937, Benton published his autobiography, An Artist in America, which was critically acclaimed. The writer Sinclair Lewis said of it: “Here’s a rare thing, a painter who can write.” During this period, Benton also began to produce signed, limited editionlithographs, which were sold at $5.00 each through the Associated American Artists Galleries based in New York.
- Benton, Thomas Hart (1951), An Artist in America, University of Kansas City Press.
- Benton, Thomas Hart (1969), An American in Art: A Professional and Technical Autobiography, University Press of Kansas.