"The Hailstorm" by Thomas Hart Benton
And after the flood there was a hailstorm. Not all of THB’s work entails weather disasters but it does often have a man versus nature theme that I like. I also like the undulating sweeping lines and angles he uses to great effect. This picture would be boring without the “made up” bent and twisted setting. The curves and angles create movement that increases the anxiety of the moment and the piece. Caution: Never plough your field during a lightening storm.