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The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley
  • Thomas Hart Benton
    born: Neosho, Missouri, United States ; died: Kansas City, Missouri, United States ; active: United States
  • The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley, 1934
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil, tempera on canvas mounted on aluminum panel
  • Canvas/Support: 104.8 x 133.4 cm
    Canvas/Support: 41 1/4 x 52 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Elizabeth M. Watkins Fund
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, S1
  • 1958.0055
Label Text

Three male figures gathered around a table in the lower right corner. The man on the left, identified as Jackson Pollock, is playing a mouth harp, the man in the middle is playing a fiddle, and the man on the right is holding a harmonica in his hand. There is a curving dirt path behind these figures. On the path, in the middle of the painting, is a man and woman. The man is holding a bloody knife in his right hand. The woman is clutching her chest. There is a house in the left background. There is a cow, haystack, and fence in the right background.