Art: For All Americans Who Will Look

The grim allegory, showing a U.S. soldier disemboweling a Japanese Frankenstein monster behind which looms an equally monstrous Nazi ogre, is the largest of seven pictures just completed by Artist Thomas Hart Benton.

On Dec. 7, when the news of Pearl Harbor reached the U.S., Benton was speaking on a California lecture platform. The news, relayed to the platform, so shocked voluble Artist Benton that he found it impossible to go on talking. Leaving the auditorium, he abruptly canceled his future lecture dates, disappeared for nine weeks into his Kansas City studio. When he emerged, harried and exhausted, he had completed seven...

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