Thomas Hart Benton Paints the Ozarks

Steve Sitton
Missouri Valley Sundays
Steve Sitton, administrator of the Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City, discusses the inspiration the artist took from his time and experiences in the Ozarks – noted in a 1971 Environmental Protection Agency film, A Man and a River, about a Benton float trip on the Buffalo River in Arkansas.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Program: 
2:00 pm

No artist captured the people and landscape of early 20th-century Missouri more than native son Thomas Hart Benton. As a child growing up in southwest Missouri, and later as an adult, he hiked the Ozarks’ hills and valleys and floated its rivers. Benton’s travels throughout the region are reflected in many of his paintings and writings. He particularly captured the unique character and rustic lifestyle of Ozarks residents living in relative isolation in the 1930s.

Steve Sitton, administrator of the Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City, Missouri, examines works inspired by Benton’s experiences in the Ozarks and highlights a 1971 Environmental Protection Agency film, A Man and a River. It focuses on one of Benton's many float trips on the Buffalo River in Arkansas.