Friday, December 12, 2014

THOMAS HART BENTON at AUCTION: SOTHEBY'S


Sotheby's 2017



Thomas Hart Benton based Across the Curve of the Road on a sketch he executed during a trip he took through the South in 1938 to immerse himself in the culture of rural America. Belonging to a distinguished Southern collection – along with nine other works in the sale including strong examples by Andrew Wyeth and Charles Ephraim Burchfield – Across the Curve of the Road, expresses the clear dynamism with which Benton captured the unique yet familiar quality of the southern landscape (estimate $1/1.5 million).


 Sotheby’s 3 December 2009




Thomas Hart Benton’s Little Brown Jug, circa 1941 (est. $600/800,000), which draws inspiration from Glen Miller’s 1939 recording of a song of the same name. Music became was great passion for Benton, and scenes incorporating musicians, dancing and vignettes based on popular folk songs were often subjects of his canvases. 



 Sotheby’s May 21, 2009 




Thomas Hart Benton’s Sea Phantasy I (est. $400/600,000) was painted for a sports den commissioned around 1925 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Briggs. Briggs was an avid fisherman, and recruited Benton to create a room filled with sea motifs to compliment his trophy fish. Sea Phantasy I was one of four large wall panels the artist created, in addition to a three-part rug and a decorative folding screen. The abstracted forms and brightly colored compositions from this commission are a reflection of Benton’s continued interest in the structure and composition of Japanese prints as well as the Synchromist movement, which was based on the belief that the colors in a painting can be orchestrated in the same harmonious way that a composer arranges notes in a symphony.


SOTHEBY'S 2014






THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
ISLAND HAY






LOT SOLD. 106,250



THOMAS HART BENTON
LANDSCAPE WITH HOUSE (CEZANNESQUE LANDSCAPE)




ESTIMATE
LOT SOLD.
 34,375 







THOMAS HART BENTON
TWO COWBOYS




LOT SOLD. 25,000

SOTHEBY'S 2013





THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
CURRENT RIVER




LOT SOLD. 221,000



THOMAS HART BENTON
STUDY FOR "POOL IN THE WOODS"





Estimate
 
30,000 — 50,000
 



THOMAS HART BENTON

ROAD WORKER


LOT SOLD. 10,000
Sotheby's 2012




THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
LANDSCAPE WITH TRAIN








LOT SOLD. 158,500 





THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
MENEMSHA HURRICANE
LOT SOLD. 1,022,500




Estimate   250,000 — 350,000 Lot Sold   602,500



THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
STUDY FOR MENEMSHA HARBOR
LOT SOLD. 146,500
Sotheby's 2011



THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
MISSISSIPPI NEGRO BOY
LOT SOLD. 338,500