NEW YORK (AP) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has received an epic 10-panel mural by realist painter Thomas Hart Benton depicting American life before the Depression.
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It was commissioned in 1930 for the boardroom of the New School for Social Research on West 12th Street.
The monumental mural is imbued with imagery of industrial America. It shows figures of farmers, coal miners, steelworkers and icons of modern industry and transportation.READ MORE: Gov. Lamont Lifts Most COVID Capacity Limits In Connecticut, But Maintains Mask Mandate
It established Benton as a leading American muralist.
The Met plans to display it sometime in 2015.
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