Thomas Hart Benton’s war paintings explored

By MICHELLE MARKELZ

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

"1944" by Thomas Hart Benton, courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri

The State Historical Society of Missouri will invite the esteemed Professor Henry Adams to speak at its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia.

Adams’ book Tom and Jack details the lives and relationship of artist Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. Benton’s art will be the focal point of the discussion, said Joan Stack, curator of art collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Benton was a native of Missouri. Far from the prairies and serene landscapes of his earlier work, Benton’s WWII art has scholars struggling to reconcile their violent tone, Stack said.

“We have ten WWII paintings by Benton,” she said. “It’s a nationally important collection.”

Benton’s works are something to behold; some stand about 12 feet high, Stack said. “They’re monumental paintings.”

The luncheon is open to the public. Cost is $30 for society members and $35 for non-members. Reservations should be made by Sept. 28 via:

  • The State Historical Society registration page
  • Phone: 573-882-7083
  • In person at the society office
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