|One of the series from The Arts of Life in America. Image Source|
After his involvement in the war, Benton gained acclaim in the early 30s. One of Benton’s most famous works, a set of large murals for the Whitney Museum (now at the New Britain Museum of American Art), is entitled The Arts of Life in America and spans five sections. Benton’s regionalism – an art style that raised the status of the American heartland despite the bleak reality of the Great Depression – led to a Time Magazine cover in Dec. 1934.
Benton’s transition to teaching brought him in contact with Eric Bransby, one of Colorado Springs most beloved muralists. Benton, Bransby and Boardman Robinson all collaborated together in developing Regionalism in the 30s. Benton’s most famous student though is Jackson Pollock – who eventually moved away from Benton’s style to Abstract Expressionism.
|The Sources of Country Music. Image Source|
While most famous for his murals, Benton also created many lithographs, now on view through May 27 as part of the Resilience exhibition. The lithographs on view at the FAC were made at the beginning of the Depression era.