Thomas Hart Benton
From the Missouri State Capitol Mural Series
North America, American
16 5/8 in. x 21 5/8 in. (42.23 cm x 54.93 cm)
Medium and Support:
Lithograph on paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Luther Hill in memory of William Covington
© 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.