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May 05, 2017

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Poker Night (From A Streetcar Named Desire)
Thomas Hart Benton

Strangely, I see some parallels with Caravaggio. The exaggerated musculature, the dark but vibrant colors, the obvious sexuality.

Yeah...I'm a Moron.

From The Whitney Museum....

In 1947, Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned by Hollywood producer David O. Selznick to create an original painting based on a scene in the film version of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire. The work was a gift for Selznick's first wife, Irene, a theatrical producer responsible for bringing the play to Broadway in the same year. Poker Night captures the sexual tension and violent undertones in the relationships between Blanche DuBois, a down-and-out Southern belle (holding up a mirror), her sister, Stella (leaning over the armchair), and Stella's husband, the hot-tempered, childlike Stanley Kowalski (wearing a white undershirt). It documents one of the play's most dramatic and memorable moments, when Blanche taunts a drunk and angry Stanley with her petty provocations and refined airs.

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