Lot 98

Thomas Hart Benton "Torso in Costume" Graphite (ca. 1959-61)

Estimate: $200 - $400
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Torso in Costume, circa 1959-61

Graphite on paper

7 1/2" x 7"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This figure does not perfectly correspond with any figure in Benton’s final mural, but it may be an early study for the costume of an Indian on the left-hand side of the mural, Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls, 1959-61."

 

Matted to 20" x 16".

Condition

Fair condition, noting rippling across the sheet. Some minor smudging along the right edge.

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.