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Thomas Hart Benton

His paintings were burly. Energetic. And as uncompromising as the Midwestern landscapes and laborers they celebrated. Thomas Hart Benton depicted a self-reliant America emerging from the Depression. Ken Burns tells the bittersweet story of an extraordinary American artist who became emblematic of the price all artists must pay to remain true to their talents and themselves.
Season 1 Episode 1 Length 1:26:53 Premiere: 11.1.89

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General Motors Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; Equitable Financial Companies; the National Endowment for the Humanities; Jules and Doris Stein Foundation; Gerald and Virginia Oppenheimer

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Thomas Hart Benton

About Thomas Hart Benton

His paintings were burly. Energetic. And as uncompromising as the Midwestern landscapes and laborers they celebrated. Thomas Hart Benton depicted a self-reliant America emerging from the Depression. Ken Burns tells the bittersweet story of an extraordinary American artist who became emblematic of the price all artists must pay to remain true to their talents and themselves.

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Season 1 Episodes

Thomas Hart Benton

S1 E1 Length 1:26:53 Premiere Date 11.1.89

Earl Bennent: Benton's Work

Clip Length 00:44 Premiere Date 1.6.12

Dan James: Benton's Persona

Clip Length 00:40 Premiere Date 1.6.12

Painting America

Clip Length 02:07 Premiere Date 5.2.17

Benton's Early Years

Clip Length 03:13 Premiere Date 5.2.17

The Missouri Mural

Clip Length 05:11 Premiere Date 5.2.17

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