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The Prodigal Son

He has come home too late. Nobody has seen him from afar and run joyfully to meet him. There will be no forgiveness, no best robe, no ring, no “music and dancing”. 162 more words

Painting

After Many Springs ~ A Painting by Thomas Hart Benton

After Many Springs (1945) by Thomas Hart Benton

American regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) painted After Many Springs in 1945. The skull, discarded revolver and dead leaf hidden in a tangle of branches, blossoms and vines suggest that death awaits even as new growth springs into life.

America after the Fall

“America between the wars (and specifically between the Crash of 1929 and the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack) was at a crossroads. The economic boom and expansion of American power following victory in the First World War had led to prosperity and optimism for many in the 1920s. 176 more words

Spiked

The Great Arkansas Post Office Tour

Tobacco Sorters  (1942-1944) ~ Thomas Hart Benton

In Arkansas and Missouri, the name is ubiquitous. Even the most casual visitor tends to notice, and occasionally asks, “Who is this ‘Benton’ character whose name keeps cropping up?” In fact, it isn’t “this Benton” but “these Bentons” for whom the states’ schools, counties, and towns are named. 1,484 more words

History

A Little Benton

Last week I shared a couple of videos of the paintings of Edward Hopper set to music.  I thought that I’d do the same this week for  the work of another of my favorites, the great American Regionalist painter  118 more words

Favorite Things

EDWARD DUGMORE: THE SIXTIES, ESSAY BY LORETTA HOWARD GALLERY DIRECTOR, HOWARD HURST

THE ART OF PUBLISHING TRAVELS AN EVER CHANGING LANDSCAPE AS WE BECOME INCREASINGLY EMBEDDED IN THE DIGITAL WORLD. MANY FACTORS ARE AT WORK: PRODUCTION COSTS, PAPER, INK, PRINTING AND BINDING ARE SIGNIFICANT EXPENSES AND AUTHOR FEES, REPRODUCTION RIGHTS, DESIGN COSTS AND DISTRIBUTION ADD TO THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF THE TRADITIONAL PUBLICATION. 652 more words