Monthly Archives: April 2014

THOMAS HART BENTON: The Sources of Country Music, c.1975

Thomas Hart Benton was eighty-four in 1973, when he came out of retirement to paint a mural for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. His assignment was to describe the regional sources of the musical … Continue reading

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: Fallingwater, c.1935–1939

Fallingwater is a man-made dwelling suspended above a waterfall. It offers an imaginative solution to a perennial American problem: how to enjoy a civilized life without intruding upon the natural world. Especially in the United States, which had once possessed … Continue reading

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EDWARD HOPPER: House by the Railroad, c.1925

The sunlight illuminating House by the Railroad is bright enough to cast deep shadows on the stately Victorian mansion, but not to chase away an air of sadness. The painting expresses Edward Hopper’s central theme: the alienation of modern life. Instead of … Continue reading

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WILLIAM VAN ALEN: The Chrysler Building, c. 1926–1930

The Chrysler Building could only have been constructed in the competitive climate of Manhattan in the 1920s. The American economy was flourishing, and there was not enough office space to go around; urban builders were encouraged to aim high. In … Continue reading

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