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MARVIN DORWART CONE | Barn Group near Marion (Farm Group Near Marion #2)

120,000 - 180,000 USD
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  • Marvin Dorwart Cone
  • Barn Group near Marion (Farm Group Near Marion #2)
  • signed MARVIN CONE (lower right); also signed again, titled and dated "BARN GROUP NEAR MARION"/PAINTED SUMMER 1960 (on the reverse)
  • oil on Masonite
  • 11 1/2 by 23 7/8 inches
  • (29.2 by 60.6 cm)


The artist
Wes Panek, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Arthur and Mary Meis Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (acquired from the above)
Joan Meis and John J. Sherwin, Cedar Rapids, then LeClaire, Iowa, 1960 (gift from the above)
By descent to the present owners (their children) 


Joseph S. Czestochowski, Marvin D. Cone: Art as Self-Portrait, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1989, no. 581, p. 193

Catalogue Note

The present work formerly belonged to Arthur Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One of Iowa's greatest and most successful businessmen, Collins founded the Collins Radio Company in 1933. Under his leadership, this communications and avionics company grew into an international giant and one of Iowa’s largest employers. Collins Radio Company played a major role in the radio technology used during the Second World War and the Korean War. Perhaps most notably, Neil Armstrong used a Collins Radio to broadcast his iconic line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

This painting will be included as no. 1959-1960.002 in Joseph S. Czestochowski's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work to be published by International Arts® at www.catrais.org.