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Lot 18

Thomas Hart Benton "Running Horses" 1955 Signed Lithograph

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Thomas Hart Benton

(American, 1889-1975)

Running Horses, 1955

Lithograph on paper

12 1/2" x 16 1/2" (image)

Edition of 100


Pencil-signed to the bottom right margin. The period glazed walnut frame measures 19 1/2" x 23 1/2".


The second Benton lithograph to prominently juxtapose the steam train with horses at full sprint, Running Horses follows in the footsteps of The Race (1942). The former prompted Benton to wonder "Why did horses so often run with the steam trains while they now pay no attention to the Diesels?" Billowing steam engines inhabit many of Benton's most beloved lithographs, from Going West (1934) and Jesse James (1936) to Wreck of the Ol' 97 (1944) and Ten Pound Hammer (1967); the imposing trains strike the figure of relentless progress: the inevitability of westward expansion, of industry, and of modernism.


From an edition of 100, circulated by Associated American Artists. 


Literature: The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton By Creekmore Fath - #78. 


Good condition. The sheet is not laid down. There is a faint horizontal crease at the right edge of the image. Typical minor toning inside the mat window. A few thin tape shavings are caught between the frame's glass and the top of the mat.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 19.50 in
Width: 23.50 in
Depth: 1.50 in

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