AXA donates Thomas Hart Benton works to the Met

 Paris  |  18 October 2016  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received a big donation from insurance company AXA. In 2012, AXA already gave this museum a fresco by Thomas Hart Benton called America Today. This year, AXA is filling out its donation with all the drawings and studies relating to this fresco, now exhibited along with the latter, in the Met on 5th Avenue. Thomas Hart Benton was a prolific artist who produced a large number of sketches and drawings while he was young, especially from his trip to the United States’ Midwest and West following his father’s death in 1924. AXA’s donation comprises composition studies for five of the fresco’s ten panels, including Deep South and Instruments of Power, which once belonged to Jackson Pollock, one of Benton’s students at the Art Student League. Pollock played an important role in this large mural work, having posed for Benton during the fresco’s creation.

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