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Lot 40: Benjamin Benno, “Symphony in Blue,” Oil on Canvas, 1937
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Oil on canvas
Benjamin Benno (b.1901- d. 1980) – American Modernist artist
Signed and dated “1937, Benno” in blue paint on lower right, recto
Provenance: Benjamin Benno, New York
Gift from the Artist to the Present Owner
Dimensions: 77 x 38 ½ in (185.58 x 97.79 cm)
Very good condition.
Benjamin Benno (American, b.1901 - d.1980)
Influenced by the principles of Surrealism, Cubism and Constructivism, prodigious artist Benjamin Benno is best known for his avant-garde paintings. Benno studied at the Ferrer School, after which he traveled the world for eight years. Financed by collectors, Benno moved to Paris in 1926 where he exhibited with significant artists including Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali and Fernand Leger. In 1939, Benno returned to New York where his work was harshly received.
In overall very good condition. Minor scratches to upper left corner and faint staining above central image and along right edge. Specks of paint loss.
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