Lot 32

Thomas Hart Benton "Study of Flowers" Graphite (ca. 1939-41)

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

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study of Flowers, circa 1939-41

Graphite on paper

7 1/2" x 6 1/2"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams commented, "Around 1939, the year he painted Persephone, Benton began producing many sketches of flowers of this type."

 

Matted to 20" x 16".

Condition

One small spot to the sheet, right of the flowers. At the topmost flower petal, the sheet's fibers are somewhat skinned, appearing to be the result of removing a small piece of tape (approximately 1 1/2" long).

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.