Ken Burns America Collection: Thomas Hart Benton

PBS Home Video   (1988) / Region 1
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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. Today his works hang in museums. During his life, Benton preferred to hang them in saloons, where ordinary people could appreciate them in congenial surroundings.

A fierce defender of the aesthetics of realism, Benton took on art establishment and railed against abstraction. His reputation suffered the consequences as his star rose, fell and rose again. While Benton failed to stem the tide of modernism, his influence can be seen in the works of his student, Jack Pollack.

Master filmmaker Ken Burns uses long-lost footage, penetrating interviews and the magnificent art of Benton to tell 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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  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 23 2005
  • Production Year 1988
  • Empire SKU 751892
  • UPC Code 841887051316
  • Studio  PBS Home Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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