Lot 69

Thomas Hart Benton "Figure Study for The Twist" Graphite (1960-64)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Figure Study for "The Twist," 1960-1964

Graphite on paper

17" x 8 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This is a study for the figure at the far right-hand side of Benton’s painting The Twist (1964, private collection), which shows his daughter Jessie and her friends dancing in the Benton home in Kansas City."


In Benton's completed painting The Twist (1964), the young man pictured in this study stands inspecting the next vinyl record to be played. Signed by the artist to the lower right. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 27 1/4" x 18 1/2".


Good condition, noting a very slight scrape in the bottom left corner and very minor foxing.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 27.25 in
Width: 18.50 in
Depth: 1.50 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.