Thomas Hart Benton
Portrait of Thomas Craven, circa 1912
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches (60 x 44.8 cm)
By descent to Richard Craven, his son
By descent to Carol B. Craven, his wife
Henry Adams, Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original, New York, NY, Knopf, 1989, p.66, illus.
This work will be included in the forthcoming Thomas Hart Benton catalogue raisonne being prepared by the Thomas Hart Benton Catalogue Raisonne Foundation
Thomas Craven was a noted art critic who promoted the American Regionalist. He was a champion of Benton's work and the two were close friends. Among his most well known publications are Modern Art: The Men, The Movements, The Meaning, A Treasury of Art Masterpieces: From the Renaissance to the Present Day, and Thomas Hart Benton: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of Thomas Hart Benton with an Examination of the Artist and His Works.
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