Regionalism is a striking movement that came out of the Great Depression showcasing everyday scenes. Thomas Hart Benton is on of its finest artists. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris at the beginning of the 1900s. His work was very popular in his lifetime. As well as a painter he was a skilled muralist and created many great public works. This is a great example of his style, it is mural named "Achelous and Hercules" completed in 1947. This tempera and oil on canvas mounted on plywood painting is a whooping 62 7/8" x 264 1/8". Benton passed away in 1975. Click on the image for a closer view.