Lot 87

Thomas Hart Benton "Pitching Hay" Graphite (ca. 1935-36)

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Pitching Hay, circa 1935-36

Graphite on paper

7 1/2" x 10 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "These figures pitching hay were probably made as studies for the Missouri mural, although Benton did not include them in the final design. In the mural, he reduced this image to a single figure pitching hay over the doorway on the long wall. The style of this work is similar to that of the two drawings below, which also seem to be sketches from life made during the early planning stages of the mural."


Matted to 16" x 20".


Overall sheet discoloration, and a bit of mat burn to the bottom two-thirds of the sheet.

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.