A visiting masterwork by celebrated Regional artist Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) is the centerpiece of a small exhibition exploring the artist’s expressive narrative style and interest in capturing the social history of his era. The 1946 painting titled New England Editor depicts New Bedford, Massachusetts editor George A. Hough, portrayed as an embodiment of fair and honest journalism. For the first time ever, this oil painting is displayed alongside Benton works on paper from the collection of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
This Museum collaboration is made possible by Terra-Art Bridges, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Art Bridges, Inc.
Thomas Hart Benton, New England Editor, 1946, Oil and tempera on gessoed panel, (46.1456). Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection – Charles Henry Hayden Fund. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.