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Lot 18: Benjamin Benno, “Untitled,” Oil on Canvas, 1938
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Oil on canvas
Benjamin Benno (b.1901- d. 1980) – American Modernist artist
Signed and dated “Benno, 1938” in black ink on verso
Dimensions: 76 ⅝ x 68 ¾ in (194.63 x 174.625 cm)
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 good condition. Mild paint loss especially along the edges, with stains and abrasions. Water stain to verso of canvas, not affecting the recto. Minor buckling on lower right edge of canvas.
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