Lot 103

Thomas Hart Benton Double-Sided Graphite Farm Equipment Studies (1963)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Wooden Sled Study and Machinery Sketch from the Nature Sketchbook

Graphite on paper, double-sided

Each 5" x 6"

 

 

On the sled study, Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams commented, "This is a study for the wooden sled on which hay bales are stacked which appears in Benton’s painting Wyoming Hay of 1963-64. In the final painting, a man stands on the end of this sled loading it with bales, which he grabs with a hook as they emerge from the farm machinery."

 

Matted to 16" x 20".

Condition

Very good condition.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 16.00 in
Width: 20.00 in
Depth: 0.50 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.