Lot 31

Thomas Hart Benton "Flower Studies" Graphite (ca. 1963)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Flower Studies from the Nature Sketchbook, circa 1963

Graphite on paper

11 1/2'' x 8 1/2'' (sight)


According to Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams, "Several of the sketches [from the Nature Sketchbook] portray the Tetons near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which Benton visited around 1963."


This particular study depicts various flowers, accompanied by the artist's notations of color. The flower at the top left is identified as wild aster. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 22" x 18".


Good condition, noting some faint staining below the rightmost flowers near the bottom, and a bit of smudging to the sheet.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 22.00 in
Width: 18.00 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.