Thomas Hart Benton

Legacy

 

Thomas Hart Benton - Legacy

©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Evergreen Fine art is proud to offer original oil paintings, works on paper and lithographs for sale direct from the estate of Thomas Hart Benton. 

 

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. Benton paintings included sculpted figures, distinctly stylized and fluid works of art that focused upon the working class as a usually underrepresented group of people. Many of the murals he created dealt with subject matter commonly attributed to a Midwest lifestyle and are packed with complexity and energy. Benton enjoyed a long career. He studied in Paris, lived in New York, and had many milestones such as his famous murals. Thomas Hart Benton continued to work until his death in 1975, and his paintings are still viewed by millions each year in museums around the nation.

 

 

 

Desert Country
Desert Country

Oil, 5 x 6, Original Frame, signed $295,000 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Desert Country
Desert Country

Oil, 5 x 6, Original Frame, signed $295,000 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Cement Mill
Cement Mill

Ink wash and Gouache on paper 9 x 12, framed $19,000 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Repairing the Sloop
Repairing the Sloop

Lithograph, ed 250, 13 3/4 x 18, 1973 framed, signed $8150 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Apache Reservation
Apache Reservation

Ink, graphite and sepia wash on paper 7 1/2 x 9, framed, signed Sold ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Indian with Braids
Indian with Braids

Ink, graphite and sepia wash on paper 12 x 19, framed, signed and dated '26 $6975 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Coal Mine
Coal Mine

Ink, graphite and sepia wash on paper 9 x 12, framed, signed $19,500 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Apple Tree
Apple Tree

Graphite on Paper, 5 x 8, framed, signed $3200 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Farmyard Scene
Farmyard Scene

Graphite on paper, 11 1/2 x 15 1/2, framed, signed $4450 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Street Scene
Street Scene

Ink, graphite, gouache and sepia wash on paper, 9 x 12, framed, signed and dated '28 $24,900 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Desert Still Life with Skull
Desert Still Life with Skull

Oil, 7 1/2 x 10, framed, signed $350,000 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Wyoming Autumn
Wyoming Autumn

Lithograph, ed 250, 17 x 23 1/4, 1974 framed, signed $8725 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Acclaim - Michigan Communists
Acclaim - Michigan Communists

Ink, graphite and ink wash on paper 9 x 12, framed, signed (featured in life magazine 7/26/1937) $20,500 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Hands Holding Tobacco
Hands Holding Tobacco

Graphite on paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 framed, signed $2815 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Horses, Wagons Near Tower
Horses, Wagons Near Tower

Graphite on paper, 7 x 9 framed, signed $4950 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Mountain Landscape
Mountain Landscape

Graphite on paper, 6 1/4 x 8 1/2 framed, signed Sold ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Mr President
Mr President

Lithograph, ed 150, 19 x 16, 1971 framed, signed $5400 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Utah Desert with Horse
Utah Desert with Horse

Oil, 6 x 8, Original Frame, signed $375,000 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Wyoming Landscape
Wyoming Landscape

Ink, graphite and sepia wash on paper 9 x 12 framed, signed $8955 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Osage River
Osage River

Graphite on paper, 17 x 12 framed, signed Sold ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Two Trains and Running Horse
Two Trains and Running Horse

Graphite on paper, 11 1/2 x 15, framed $4440 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Crooked Road and Tree
Crooked Road and Tree

Ink, graphite and ink wash on paper 13 7/8 x 9 7/8, framed, signed Sold ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

5 Figures - 3 Holding
5 Figures - 3 Holding

Graphite on paper, 8 1/2 x 9 5/8 framed, signed $13,800 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Two Horses by Windmill
Two Horses by Windmill

Ink, graphite and sepia wash on paper 12 3/4 x 12 1/2, framed, signed $9975 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Two Cowboys by Fence
Two Cowboys by Fence

Graphite on paper, 9 x 12, framed, signed $4850 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Country Church
Country Church

Graphite on Paper 5 x 7 1/2, framed, signed $2,315 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

An extraordinary chapter in American art history is about to be opened at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, giving lovers of both art and history an unprecedented chance to possess their own unique page of our nation’s cultural heritage.

 

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, gallery owners Barb Hadley and Phil Shanley will be pleased to unveil “Legacy”, a remarkable collection of original works and lithographs by painter, muralist and iconic American artist Thomas Hart Benton.

 

“These pieces all come directly from his family estate, and many of them have never before been offered anywhere,” says Hadley.

 

Born in 1889 to a prominent Missouri political family, Thomas Hart Benton studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to study in Paris alongside such renowned painters as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. He would in later years become a cherished professor and mentor to a young artist destined to become famed abstract impressionist Jackson Pollock.

 

Short of stature, famously pugnacious and fiercely loyal to his friends, in the 1920’s Benton joined American laureates Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry in spearheading the powerfully representational Regionalist movement. He traveled the country’s byways alone, amassing a poignant treasury of images marking the nation’s growing industrial mastery and celebrating the unsung working classes that made it possible. Although Benton was best known for his powerful depictions of the Midwest, many of his most memorable works portray the people and places of the South and the distant West.

 

Benton died at his easel in 1975, and his estate came under the stewardship of the UMB Bank in Kansas City, Mo., which has offered his works for sale on behalf of the Benton family only sparingly and, until now, only through selected Eastern and Midwestern galleries. Late last year his best-known work, a majestic mural entitled “America Today”, found a permanent home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, becoming the only occupant of a grand chamber constructed solely for its display. Composed of 10 broad floor-to-ceiling panels, “America Today” presents a broad and balanced picture of the Union as it lived and breathed in the 1930’s, and provides a comprehensive tutorial on Benton’s unmistakable artistic style – complex fields,

strong forms and distinctively fluid shapes that excite the eye with energy and motion.

 

Thomas Hart Benton holds a place of reverence in galleries, museums and private collections the world over, and in “Legacy” he will at last be directly available to Rocky Mountain admirers. UMB Bank has generously entrusted to Evergreen Fine Art an exquisite assortment of Benton originals including oil paintings still snug in their original frames, powerful and pristine lithographs, and a wonderfully intimate and diverse portfolio of drawings that trace Benton’s footsteps on his journeys across a much younger America.

 

“It is unusual to have this concentration of Benton’s work available for sale to the public,” Shanley says. “We’re privileged to be able to offer the works of such a significant American painter right here in Evergreen, and grateful to UMB Bank for giving us that opportunity.”