Lot 94

Thomas Hart Benton "Scene with Musicians" Graphite

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Scene with Musicians

Graphite on tracing paper

7 1/2" x 8"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "Benton’s last lithograph, and one of his last paintings, explored Youth Music. Using models from his daughter Jessie’s commune, he portrayed 'the swing of the youthful combos which have sprung up everywhere,' as well as the 'audience participation' in their performances. Several of the models for this work also posed for Benton’s last mural, The Sources of Country Music, which was still not quite finished at the time of his death."


Matted to 20" x 16".


Poor condition, noting prominent mat staining, a vertical crease on each side of the sheet, some spots, and a small hole in the lower right.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 16.00 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.