From Grant Wood to Grandma Moses, Great Artists Portrayed Steam Threshing Era
Regionalist painters like Thomas Hart Benton portrayed art of the harvest
Thomas Hart Benton's Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint. It is on display at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Ind. Benton (1889-1975) lived during the steam threshing era, and this painting presents the work of both horse and threshing machine.
Dinner for the Threshing Crew by Lavern Kammerude. Another chronicler of life in the steam threshing era, Kammerude presented scenes from the Wisconsin farming community of his youth.
Wisconsin Historical Society. Image WHi-39903.
Art by W.R. Leigh, 1903, frontispiece for Gilson Willets' book Workers of the Nation, Vol. 2. Known as the "Sagebrush Rembrandt," William Robinson Leigh captured images of the American West – including vivid presentations of steam-powered threshing machines and energetic threshing crews – with a European technique.
Image courtesy Robert T. Rhode.
The Thrashers by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known as Grandma Moses. Moses' artistry is pure memory, delivering to viewers a personal history of her experiences in the steam threshing era in Upstate New York.