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    THOMAS HART BENTON (American 1889-1975)
    Frisco Station
    Watercolor on paper
    23in. x 18.75in.
    Signed lower right
    Inscribed top right: Frisco Station
    Inscribed and titled to verso in artist's hand: 'Frisco Station, Thos Benton'

    Publications: Mathew Baigell, Thomas Hart Benton(1974), p. 159, pl. 114, illustrated in color

    Exhibited:Graham Gallery, New York, 1968, Thomas Hart Benton:A Comprehensive Exhibition of Drawings, Watercolors, Oils and Temperas,no. 40 as The Station

    Provenance:The artist;
    to Graham Gallery, New York, 1968; to
    William Dean, New York until 1985;
    Private Collection, New York, to present

    Although the train station shown here has not been positively identified, it may depict the railroad depot at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Contemporary photographs of that station, which was torn down decades age, show a very similar structure. The Frisco Line of railroads ran trains through Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas. The city of Frisco, Texas was named after this rail line.

    The railroad was always a principal theme in Benton's work and a symbol of industry and modernity invading the agrarian traditions of the Midwest. It features prominently in three of his most noteworthy images, Going West, The Race, and Wreck of the Ol' 97.

    Franklin Riehlman: Embracing couple a nice touch.

    Brian Roughton: Attribution is okay. Nice painting.

    Gavin Spainerman: Excellent.




    Condition Report*: paper is slightly yellowed from age, colors are vibrant, several tears around margins most do not penetrate image, 1 fine tear lower left zigzags 1in. into image, tears have been skillfully reparied and paper has been mounted to japanese mulberry tissue, overall very good condition
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