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Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5001 Lot 28

Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889-1975)
Huck Finn, 1936
lithograph
signed lower left and faintly lower right in plate, and signed lower right in pencil
edition of 100
published by Associated American Artists, New York, New York
image: 16 3/8" x 21 5/8"; sheet: 19 5/8" x 23 5/8"

Catalog Note:
Thomas Hart Benton was an important American Regionalist. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later in Paris. Pictured in this lithograph are Mark Twain's Huck Finn and his friend Jim. This is a mirror image from a small mural section of what many consider Benton's most important work, A Social History of the State of Missouri (1936), which adorns the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. This narrative is separated from the rest of the mural, framed by molding, and stands tall above a doorway, as a symbolic metaphor, with Twain's Huck Finn representing the moral compass of the people of Missouri. Works by Benton may be viewed today throughout the Midwest, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and elsewhere.

Estimate $8,000-12,000

Sold for $15,000