Of course I couldn't visit Kansas City, without seeing some of the fabulous artwork of one of my favorite artists, Thomas Hart Benton. (click on his name for a previous post) Nelson-Adkins is home to his famous masterpiece, Persephone, 1938-39, his recast of the Greek myth in a rural setting, where a farm girl, representing Persephone, is caught sunbathing by a lustful aging farmer, depicting Hades. The funny thing is, although it is said Benton used a model, the farmer
looks strikingly like Benton, himself. The pose of the farm girl evokes the pin-up girls of the time period. I snapped the above pic of my daughter with the painting when we visited the museum last Friday.