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Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

Thomas Hart Benton’s choice of lithography for his forays into printmaking is a logical extension of his egalitarian attitude. The medium originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used early on for newspaper illustrations. Its relative inexpensiveness was one of the reasons the process was revived in the 1920s and 1930s. Frankie and Johnnie is one of four lithographs produced in conjunction with Benton’s Missouri State Capitol Building murals from the mid-1930s.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

The legend of Jesse James is one of several folk stories Benton chose to depict for his project at the Missouri Capitol building. He also selected the vignette for a lithograph, which was circulated by the Associated American Artists of New York. In this western scene, Benton draws from the tradition of history painting to combine multiple events into a single simultaneous composition. [1]

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Joseph Beuys
Classification: Prints

Joseph Beuys was a politically conscious artist who used his art—mostly large-scale installations and performances—to convey his position on contemporary issues. He was involved for a short while with Fluxus, an interdisciplinary movement which often relied on performance pieces and texts.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1871-1873
Artist/Maker: Albert Bierstadt
Classification: Paintings

Albert Bierstadt established his reputation painting the grandeur and unspoiled wilderness of the West.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1854
Artist/Maker: George Caleb Bingham
Classification: Prints

Beginning in the late 1840s, the Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham took as his subject the exercise of American democracy. In a series of paintings depicting crowds gathered to hear political speeches, politicians personally appealing for votes, and the public announcement of election results, Bingham wryly critiqued the political process as it was experienced on the local level.

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