News Release 012

Original Thomas Hart Benton drawing on exhibit at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

Volume 39-012 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 27, 2011 -- An original sketch by Kansas City artist Thomas Hart Benton is now on temporary exhibit at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City.

The drawing, done in eastern Colorado in 1930, is the basis for the Benton painting Homestead. The finished painting is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A lithograph of the same title was produced in 1938 in an edition of 250. The sketch is signed by Thomas Hart Benton, and is in good condition.

“Sketch for Homestead” is on loan to the Benton Home by a local family. “The sketches were a crucial part of Benton's process for developing his paintings, and this will help us show visitors about this first step,” said Bill Bryan, director of the department's Division of State Parks.

Thomas Hart Benton is Missouri's most famous 20th century painter. His works include murals at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City and the Truman Library in Independence. Benton worked out of his Kansas City studio, located behind his home, from 1939 until his death in 1975. The home and studio are now the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, a part of the Missouri state park system.

The state historic site is located at 3616 Belleview in midtown Kansas City and is open year-round for tours Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the site, call the site directly at 816-531-6627 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit