Achelous & Hercules.
Thomas Hart BENTON
20th c American Regionalist Painting
(Neosho; MO, 15 April 1889 - 19 Jan 1975, Kansas City; MO)
Oil & Tempera on canvas; mounted on plywood.
Oil & Tempera painting
Washington DC. National Portrait Gallery.
Benton applies a classical myth to the American west. Achelous, river god , described by Sophacles as a “ramling bull, writing snake and man with an ox-like face.” He courted Deianeira, but was defeated by Heracles, who wed her himself. Herclues conquest refers to the embankments by which Heracles confined the river to its bed, thus making land available for cultivation. This si symbolized by the Horn of Plenty.
BENTON Thomas Hart | Achelous & Hercules. | 1947 | American | Regionalist | ©Kathleen Cohen | wash1576