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Thomas Hart Benton
RUNNING BEFORE THE STORM (STUDY FOR 'THE HAILSTORM')
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
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25
Thomas Hart Benton
RUNNING BEFORE THE STORM (STUDY FOR 'THE HAILSTORM')
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Thomas Hart Benton
1889 - 1975
RUNNING BEFORE THE STORM (STUDY FOR 'THE HAILSTORM')
signed Benton (lower right)
watercolor, ink and pencil on paper
image: 11 1/2 by 14 3/4 inches (29.2 by 37.5 cm)
sheet: 12 3/4 by 15 1/2 inches (32.4 by 39.3 cm)
Executed in 1940.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming 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

James and Margaret Smith, Louisville, Kentucky
By descent (sold: Christie's, New York, May 25, 2006, lot 14)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Exhibited

Louisville, Kentucky, J.B. Speed Art Museum, The James and Margaret Smith Collection, March 1971, no. 12, illustrated n.p.
Richmond, Kentucky, The Fred P. Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Centennial Exhibition: A Century of American Paintings, January-February 1974, no. 6, pp. 6, 8
Houston, Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890-1950, October 2006-June 2007, illustrated fig. 172, p. 225

Catalogue Note

The present work is the only study in watercolor Thomas Hart Benton created in preparation for his 1940 tempera on canvas The Hailstorm, now in the collection of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. A deeply-felt depiction of the timeless struggle between man and nature, this work alludes to the impact of severe weather on farmers and families of the Southern Plains region during the Dust Bowl in the early 1930s.

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