Lot 14

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Wyoming Hay" Oil on Board (1963-64)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study for "Wyoming Hay," 1963-64

Oil on board

12" x 16"


A grisaille study of a 1964 work illustrated in Matthew Baigell's Thomas Hart Benton (Harry Abrams, New York, 1974, image 208). Housed in a fine glazed silver-leaf frame measuring 20" x 23 1/2". 


Very good condition, noting a small area of scuffing to the clouds in the top left corner. No touch-ups or over-painting evident under blacklight inspection. Slight wear to the frame.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 23.50 in
Depth: 2.75 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.