Lot 15

Thomas Hart Benton "Landscape for Wyoming Hay" Graphite (ca. 1963)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Landscape Sketch for "Wyoming Hay," circa 1963

Graphite on paper

8 1/2" x 11" (sight)

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This sketch of Wyoming, with hay bales lying out in the field, portrays the landscape that served as the backdrop for Benton’s painting Wyoming Hay of 1963-64."

 

Housed in a glazed frame measuring 16" x 18 3/4".

Condition

Very good condition, with a clean and flat sheet.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 16.00 in
Width: 18.75 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.