THOMAS HART BENTON (American, 1889-1975)
    Taney County Barn, 1924
    Watercolor and pencil on paper
    20-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches (52.1 x 41.9 cm) (sight)
    Signed and dated lower right: Benton - 24

    The artist;
    Robert E. Neuse, New York, acquired from the above;
    The Neuse family, New York, by descent;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    In 1924, Benton's father was dying in Springfield, Missouri. Benton left New York and went home to spend time with him. The experience of seeing his powerful Congressman/lawyer father at the end of his life was a transformative one for Benton both personally and as an artist. Because he had chosen
    to pursue a career in art against his father's wishes, Benton had had a strained relationship with the man whom he nonetheless deeply respected and admired. Benton's stay in his home state of Missouri at his father's bedside allowed him to rethink so many things about the path of his career, and during
    this phase he went on various jaunts around the Springfield area, revisiting old haunts and recording them in a significant body of watercolors, including this scene of a Taney County, Missouri barn. The ramshackle structure heaving with emotional undulations looks forward to Benton's trademark rhythms in his mature Regionalist landscapes of the 30s and 40s. Benton showed the group of 1924 Missouri watercolors at the Daniels Gallery in New York when he returned to the city.

    Condition Report*:

    Surface discoloration possibly related to water damage along the top and upper right edges; evidence of toning or possible light damage visible along the left and right edges; not examined outside of frame. Framed Dimensions 29.25 X 25.25 Inches

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