April 7, 2012 8:31 PM

Book review | ‘Thomas Hart Benton: A Life’ puts artist’s often contradictory traits on display

Nearly four decades after Thomas Hart Benton’s death at age 86, art historian Justin Wolff’s energetic and revelatory biography may induce readers to envision Benton as a macho variation of the two-faced Roman god Janus, so vividly does he emerge from these crackling pages as a man of conflicts and contradictions. A living paradox.

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