Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter whose personality was as large and robust as the many murals he created throughout his lifetime. Born in Missouri and studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hart went on to study in Paris and mentor Jackson Pollock before crafting many lifescape murals which depicted the American story. "Thomas Hart Benton" is Ken Burns' excellent presentation of the artist's life, offering his biography, work, family interviews, and also the viewpoints of proponents and detractors in this cumulative documentary.