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PHOTO GALLERY: Thomas Hart Benton's Year of Peril Series

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | 2:43 p.m. CST

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the State Historical Society has put up the Thomas Hart Benton's Year of Peril Series. Benton created the series of war propaganda paintings at the beginning of the U.S. involvement in WWII. The exhibit will also include editorial cartoons and posters created by other artists in 1942.

Brittany Jones (left) and Madeline Marsden take notes on Thomas Hart Benton artwork displayed at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday.
Thomas Hart Benton's "Embarkation - Prelude to Death" is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday. Benton painted this soon after the United States entered World War II and it shows the first embarkation of American soldiers for Africa.
Thomas Hart Benton's painting "Negro Soldier" is on dispay at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday. This painting personifies the thousands of heroic military men.
Thomas Hart Benton's "Indifference" is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday. This painting is directly related to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Thomas Hart Benton's "Casualty" is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday. This is one of eight paintings of Benton's World War II depictions that was reproduced in the book "Year of Peril."
Thomas Hart Benton's "Again" is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on Wednesday. Benton created these paintings to be used as propaganda after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Harold Sutton December 7, 2011 | 5:17 p.m.

Thomas Hart Benton's paintings are not for the sophisticated monied elitists who collect abstract and impressionist paintings then keep them away from people like you and me.

His paintings belong to the everyday people who must struggle and work for their families and for the freedom of being an American citizen.

His paintings are priceless!!!

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