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Thomas Hart Benton and the Indiana Murals

Thomas Hart Benton and the Indiana Murals

by Kathleen A. Foster, Nanette Esseck Brewer, Margaret Contompasis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253337607

ISBN-13: 9780253337603

Pub. Date: 04/15/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Decorating the Indiana hall at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago was a bold and colorful sequence of paintings by American muralist Thomas Hart Benton depicting the social, economic, and cultural history of the Hoosier state from mound building to the 1930s. In this dramatic 250-foot mural, which has been on display at the Bloomington campus of

Overview

Decorating the Indiana hall at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago was a bold and colorful sequence of paintings by American muralist Thomas Hart Benton depicting the social, economic, and cultural history of the Hoosier state from mound building to the 1930s. In this dramatic 250-foot mural, which has been on display at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1940, Benton sought to create art that spoke to a mainstream audience in a realist style.

This book features a full-color gatefold which represents the flow of the murals along with a portfolio of color reproductions of the 22 existing panels. Accompanying essays trace the history of the murals' creation and their installation at Indiana University, the visual narrative that Benton invented, the artist's method as seen in a series of preparatory drawings, and a detailed account of the conservation of the murals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253337603
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,046,792
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

ix Forewords
Michael McRobbie, Myles Brand, Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis, Curt Simic, and Karen Hanson
4 Acknowledgments
Adelheid M. Gealt, Winston Shindell, and Doug Booher
7 Thomas Hart Benton and the Indiana Murals
Kathleen A. Foster
Gatefold: The Indiana Murals
33 Color Plates: The Indiana Murals and Related Drawings
81 The Anatomy of a Mural: Thomas Hart Benton's Preparatory Drawings
Nanette Esseck Brewer
115 The Physical History and Conservation Treatment of Thomas Hart Benton's Indiana Murals
Margaret Contompasis
137 Benton as Hoosier Historian: Constructing a Visual Narrative in the Indiana Murals
Nanette Esseck Brewer
182 Checklist of Preparatory Drawings in the Indiana University Art Museum
190 Archival Sources and Bibliography
197 Index

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