Thomas H. Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, on April 15, 1889. He was known for his dazzling usage of colour in paintings that captured naturalistic depictions of men and women on the job play or in repose in a variety of habitats, generally in rural settings. Some of his well-known works include “America Today,” “Persephone,” “Planting” as well as a mural for the Missouri State Capitol. He was also teacher to Jackson Pollock. He expired on January 19, 1975 in Kansas City, Mo.