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    Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975)
    Steel Worker
    Ink and pencil on paper
    19 x 13-1/2 inches (48.3 x 34.3 cm) (sheet)
    Signed lower right: Benton

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, New York;
    Sotheby's, New York, October 3, 2013, lot 25;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    The present work is a preliminary study for the panel in the America Today mural entitled Steel (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.) Benton's student Jackson Pollock posed for this work. Pollock served as a model for a number of the figures in America Today. Steel Worker stands out, as a larger than life figure, with wiry physical proportions.




    Condition Report*: Sheet is laid down on paper and hinged to mount at top corners verso; moderate overall paper discoloration; various scattered tears - largest measuring approx. 5 inches in upper left corner -and dry cracks as well as small notches of loss and more notable repaired loss along edges of work - largest measuring 5 x 1/2 inch at center right edge; framed under museum glass.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    March, 2017
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