Thomas Hart Benton: Tom Benton's Missouri Video (DVD)
At the apex of his career, Tom Benton painted "Social History of the State of Missouri". It was received with mix reviews because he painted the complete history of Missouri. Benton painted Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn that he called "racial harmony" to rave reviews and then painted Jesse James angering critics not wanting Missouri associated with the infamous James Brothers. Mr. Benton considered the foremost mural painter explains the challenges of creating a mural so large in size and concept while making the modifications to his painting to accommodate the architectural structure of the Capital Building. Listening to Mr. Benton narrate his own feelings and meanings behind the mural only adds to the unique understanding behind this famous mural.