01-22-2016 01-22-2016
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2878B Boston
January 22, 2016 03:00 PMCalender

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) Hudson River View

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2878B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 22, 2016 4:00PM


Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975)

Hudson River View, c. 1912
Signed "Benton" l.r.
Oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (27.2 x 27.2 cm), framed.
Condition: Subtle surface grime.

Provenance: From the artist to his near neighbors, Morris and Victoria Zeitlin, Massachusetts, then by descent to the current owner.

N.B. Benton painted this oil on canvas in the summer of 1912 during his first year in New York City, when he was twenty-three years old. At this time, Benton had just returned from a trip to Paris, and the painting shows the influence of Paul Cézanne and the Fauves. However, this view of the Hudson River is tempered by a flattening of form, indicative of the fact that Benton was becoming more interested in decorative patterns. This is an early work for Benton, who would emerge during the late 1920s as a leading figure of the Regionalist art movement.

Estimate $30,000-50,000

Very fine, stable craquelure. No additional condition issues to report.

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Morris Zeitlin, Victoria Zeitlin, New York City, Paris