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Image of Huck Finn

Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889–1975

Huck Finn

1936
From the Missouri State Capitol Mural Series

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
16 5/8 in. x 21 5/8 in. (42.23 cm x 54.93 cm)
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Accession Number: 1969.0013

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Luther Hill in memory of William Covington
Copyright: © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by ARS, New York, NY


"Huck Finn" was originally composed as a painting included in the mural titled "A Social History of Missouri" for the House of Representatives Lounge in the Missouri State capitol commissioned in 1935 and executed in 1936. The elongated figures, billowing steam, leaning tree, and rippling water give the composition a feeling of flowing movement that is often seen in Regionalist works. This style and sense of movement is common in Benton’s mature work.

The original "Huck Finn" composition in the Missouri mural was converted into lithographic form on zinc plates in 1936 as part of a series based on these murals (The Missouri State Capitol Mural Series, Fath, cat. nos. 10-13). The Museum's impression is from the published edition of 100, distributed by Associated American Artists in New York.

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