Nautical Watercolor in the Manner of Thomas Hart Benton, 1936
In the manner of Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889 – 1975)
Approaching Storm, 1936
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on illustration board
Signed to lower right and left by an unknown hand
Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri on April 15, 1889. Benton began drawing and sketching at a young age and when he turned eighteen, he left home to study at the Art Institute in Chicago from 1907-1908 and would continue his studies in Paris. Upon returning to the states, Benton quickly became the leader of the American Regionalist School and was recognized for his ability as Harry Truman once described him, “the best damned painter in America.” He is also infamous for his role in teaching the great American abstract painter, Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Today his works can be found in private collections and museums around the country and internationally.
- toning, stains and scattered foxing; accretion staining to upper center-left quadrant; scattered marks and accretion; loss to sheet to lower right corner; small tears and loss to sheet edges.