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This timeless scene takes place on Martha’s Vineyard, an island just south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that had become a popular haven for artists, actors and musicians—including Benton himself. The rhythmic undulation of the hayfield that made it impossible to be mown by machine is echoed in Benton’s depiction of the bodies of the hard-working, scythe-wielding men.

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  • Title: Island Hay
  • Creator: Thomas Hart Benton
  • Date Created: 20th Century
  • Type: Lithograph on paper
  • Rights: Art © Thomas Hart Benton and Rita P. Benton Testamentary Trusts / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Art Form: Lithograph
  • Support: paper
  • Depicted Location: Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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