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A Drink of Water - 1937, Lithograph.

Fath 15. Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Signed in stone lower left.

Image size 10 x 14 5/16 inches (254 x 364 mm); sheet size 11 3/4 x 15 15/16 inches (298 x 405 mm).

A deep, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (3/4 to 1 inch), in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

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Lonesome Road - 1938, Lithograph.

Fath 18. Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Signed in stone lower left.

Image size 9 11/16 x 12 1/2 inches (246 x 318 mm); sheet size 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (298 x 403 mm).

A deep, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (7/8 to 1 5/8 inches). In the original AAA mat with label attached, in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

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Sunday Morning - 1939, Lithograph.

Fath 26. Edition 250. Signed in pencil.

Image size 9 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches (244 x 321 mm); sheet size 11 3/4 x 16 inches (298 x 406 mm).

A deep, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 to 1 3/4 inches). In the original AAA mat with label attached, in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

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Swampland - 1941, Lithograph.

Fath 49. Edition 100. Signed in pencil.

Image size 17 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches (451 x 321 mm); sheet size 19 7/8 x 14 5/8 inches (505 x 371 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (7/8 to 1 3/8 inches), in excellent condition.

In 1941 Benton was commissioned by Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corporation to do a series of lithographs portraying the habitat and main characters of Vereen Bell's Saturday Evening Post novel Swamp Water. This was the first American film by the great French film director Jean Renoir.

"Nothing on the face of the earth has a more forbidding beauty than a cypress swamp. The trees with their fat curling bases rise out of the water like enormous fungi. From their branches long whispers of moss hang in grey veils. Sometimes a dead tree stands up stark, like a piece of white sculpture..." –Thomas Hart Benton, An Artist In America.

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Letter from Overseas - 1943, Lithograph.

Fath 59. Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Signed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 9 1/2 x 13 1/8 inches (241 x 333 mm); sheet size 11 7/8 x 16 inches (302 x 406 mm).

A deep, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (7/8 to 1 3/4 inches), in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

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The Boy - 1948, Lithograph.

Fath 72. Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Signed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 9 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches (241 x 349 mm); sheet size 12 x 16 inches (305 x 406 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

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Discussion - 1969, Lithograph.

Fath 82. Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Signed in the stone, lower left.

Image size 9 7/8 x 12 inches (251 x 305 mm); sheet size 12 7/8 x 17 7/8 inches (327 x 454 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 3 1/8 inches); hinge glue stains on the top sheet edge, recto, well away from the image; otherwise in excellent condition.

Published by Associated American Artists.

“In the summer of 1937 Life magazine hired me to report, with drawings, on the famous 'sit down' strikes occurring in the Detroit area at the time. Some newspaper reporters had written of these strikes as if they were the beginnings of revolution. I found neither Talk about or desire for revolution only an itch for more money. The drawing from which this litho was made represents a discussion between a union recruiter and a negro worker. The Union boss sits in the background looking on.” -THB

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