local color :: thomas hart benton's vineyard narrative

Thomas Hart Benton on his self-portrait: “This is a study from the mirror images of an old artist, ‘Grandaddy Benton,’ as all the kids call me. I had a belly when I did it, but after building a stone retaining wall, 65 feet long and in some places 10 feet high, on our place in Martha's Vineyard, I got rid of it. It hasn't come back.”