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Thomas Hart Benton
WATER STORY (STUDY FOR 'THE HISTORY OF WATER')
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Thomas Hart Benton
WATER STORY (STUDY FOR 'THE HISTORY OF WATER')
Estimate
150,000250,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Thomas Hart Benton
1889 - 1975
WATER STORY (STUDY FOR 'THE HISTORY OF WATER')
tempera and oil on board
image: 19 1/4 by 15 3/4 inches (48.9 by 40 cm)
board: 20 by 18 inches (50.8 by 45.7 cm)
Painted in 1930.
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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

Donald B. Stegner, New Jersey
By descent
Private collection, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1995
Private collection, Zurich, Switzerland, 2016
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Catalogue Note

The present work is a study for Thomas Hart Benton's 1930 mural The History of Water and relates closely to one of the artist's most well-known murals, America Today, 1930-31, executed for the dining room of the New School for Social Research in New York. In a deal with the institution's director, Alvin Johnson, Benton agreed to create America Today without compensation. Realizing that the artist was financially short, Johnson arranged for a paid commission with a drugstore on 14th Street in Washington, D.C.

Completed in 1930, the final mural of The History of Water was likely produced concurrently with City Activities with Subway and City Activities with Dance Hall, the last two panels from America Today. Many of the figures shown in the present work bear a relationship with those depicted in Benton's next mural project, The Arts of Life in America, which he created for the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1932. 

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