Property from a Private American Collection
THOMAS HART BENTON
1889 - 1975
THE OLD TREE, BECKET, MASSACHUSETTS
oil on canvas
24 ¼ by 18 ⅛ inches
(61.6 by 46 inches)
Painted circa 1920
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.
The canvas is lined. There is slight surface cracking at left and right edges associated with the stretcher bars. Under UV: there are scattered dots and lines of inpainting, mostly in the sky.
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Mr. Louis Frideger (acquired from the artist)
Private Collection (Sold: Sotheby's New York, December 4, 1980, lot 284, illustrated)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale