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BENTON SPRUANCE Prints & Paintings

BENTON SPRUANCE Prints & Paintings

Benton M. Spruance

We are pleased to share with you a superb collection of early modernist works by Benton Murdoch Spruance, which we recently received from private collectors. These rare lithographs and gouache paintings illustrate how Spruance expressed his hopes, dreams, observations, fears and criticism of society as the world faced a second world war.

We are expecting more works by Spruance to be arriving soon. Please contact the gallery if you would like to be on our early alert notification list.

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Arrangement for Drums, 1941

Spruance was "looking for something behind the physical fact, attempting to express an elusive emotion or intuition by means of significant and provocative relationship."

"Benton Spruance, an Interview", November 1950, conducted by H. Pitz for "American Artist".

Benton Spruance

Arrangement for Drums

1941

9 3/8 x 14 5/8 inches

Lithograph in two colors, pale green and black, on wove paper.

Edition of 35. Signed, titled and inscribed "Ed 35 for Marcia Friget (?) in pencil. Full margins with deckled edges. Printed by Theo Cuno. Fine & Looney 191.

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Benton Spruance

Bulldog Edition

ca. 1932

9 1/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Gouache painting on thick wove paper.

Hahn Gallery, Philadelphia; Private collection in Boston; Private collection in New York

The artist also made a lithograph of the same title and date (Fine/Looney 76)

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Late Departure, 1933

Benton Spruance

Road from the Shore

1936

10 1/8 x 14 7/16 inches

Lithograph on wove paper, full margins.

Edition of 25. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 18/25 in pencil. Fine & Looney 130.

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Benton Spruance

Traffic Control

1936

9 x 14 3/8 inches

Lithograph on wove paper, full margins.

Edition of 35. Signed, dated, titled and inscribed "Ed. 35" in pencil. Fine & Looney 132.

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Traffic Control, 1936

Benton Spruance

Late Departure

1933

12 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches

Gouache painting on thick wove paper.

Hahn Gallery, Philadelphia; Private collection in Boston; Private collection in New York

Bearing signature in the image lower right. On verso: "Study for print" Late Departure" by Benton Spruance 1933 (with initials of artist's widow Winifred Glover Spruance and estate stamp). The artist also made a lithograph of the same title and date (Fine/Looney 89)

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Benton Spruance

The People Work: Morning, Noon, Evening, Night

1937

13 5/8 x 19 inches

The rare complete set of four lithographs, printed on RIVES paper with full margins.

Edition of 40. Signed, dated, titled and inscribed 40 in pencil. Fine & Looney 143.

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Bulldog Edition, ca 1932

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Design for America

Benton Spruance

1934-35

25 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches

Gouache painting on heavy paper.

Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York; Private Collection, New York.

Signed in lower right in the image. The artist also made a lithograph of the same title and date (Fine & Looney 115).

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Benton Spruance

The 30s - Windshield

1939

9 x 14 1/4 inches

Lithograph

Edition of approximately 30 (from an intended edition of 35). Printed by Theo Cuno. Fine & Looney 176.

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Benton Murdoch Spruance was one of the most influential and prolific color lithographers in the history of twentieth-century modernism. Innovative in the field of color lithography, Spruance was able to push the medium to new levels developing techniques that are still in use today, including subtractive lithography, a practice that allows the artist to use a single stone for several colors.

Known for his moody and mystical lithographs, Spruance was initially recognized as a draftsman and painter. He felt strongly that art was something to be shared with the people, both the final product as well as the skills for creating it so he dedicated his life to just that. He taught his craft at university for decades as well as worked with the government to ensure art was accessible to many and incorporated into government-funded buildings for all to enjoy.

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