Lot 76

Thomas Hart Benton "Study of Tree Branches" Inkbrush (ca. 1963)

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
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$100,000 $10,000

Thomas Hart Benton 

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study of Tree Branches, circa 1963

Ink on paper

6" x 6"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "Benton’s painting Cave Spring focuses on the lush foliage of the Current River. This sketch of foliage reflects the same interest and was probably made on the 1963 trip down the Current that inspired the painting."

 

Matted to 20" x 16".

Condition

Small stains to the sheet at the top right edge, the top edge, and in the top-left of the foliage.

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.