Lot 1

Thomas Hart Benton "Buffalo River" Graphite (1968)

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Buffalo River, 1968

Graphite on paper

11" x 7"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams noted that the artist painted a watercolor from this study, also titled Buffalo River, which was sold to a private collection in the December 2002 Christie's sale "Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture." Signed, dated, and titled to the lower right. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 23" x 17".


Very good condition, noting only a very slight scuff to the sheet along the top center edge of the mat window, otherwise quite clean.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 23.00 in
Width: 17.00 in
Depth: 1.25 in

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Acquired by Vincent and Leah Campanella directly from Thomas and Rita Benton over the course of their 25 year friendship. A portion of the collection was given to the Campanellas by Rita in 1975 as compensation for Vincent completing "The Sources of Country Music," the mural left unfinished when Tom passed away in 1975. Vincent Campanella was later prominently featured in the Ken Burns documentary Thomas Hart Benton (1988). In 2001, the Campanella family sold the collection to the current owner, a private Kansas City collector.

Benton scholar and author, Dr. Henry Adams, has authenticated the entire collection in person. You can find his essay documenting the 25 year tumultuous friendship of Vincent and Thomas and the origins of the collection at Circle-Auction.com. A copy of his essay will be provided to all winning bidders.