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Thomas Hart Benton 1889 - 1975
TOBACCO LEAVES 
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 442,000 USD
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35
Thomas Hart Benton 1889 - 1975
TOBACCO LEAVES 
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 442,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Thomas Hart Benton 1889 - 1975
TOBACCO LEAVES 
signed Benton (lower right)
oil and tempera on masonite
30 3/4 by 32 7/8 inches
(78.1 by 83.5 cm)
Painted in 1941-42.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Thomas Hart Benton catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Thomas Hart Benton Catalogue Raisonné Foundation. Committee Members: Dr. Henry Adams, Jessie Benton, Anthony Benton Gude, Andrew Thompson and Michael Owen.

Provenance

American Tobacco Company, Durham, North Carolina (commissioned from the artist)
Park Avenue Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1966

Catalogue Note

Tobacco Leaves belongs to a series of paintings that Benton produced for the American Tobacco Company between 1941 and 1943. He was one of several American artists commissioned by the company's president, George Washington Hill, to create compositions portraying the entire process of tobacco production. Many of the enlisted artists, including Benton, were sent to tobacco farms in southern Georgia as well as North and South Carolina to witness these scenes firsthand. The tobacco paintings were illustrated as advertisements for Lucky Strike throughout 1942 and 1943, and appeared in such prominent American publications as Life and Time magazines.

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