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    Sale 2171

    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    Ben Shahn (1898-1969)

    Ohio Skyline

    Price Realised  

    Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
    Ohio Skyline
    signed 'Ben Shahn' (lower right)
    tempera on paperboard
    10 x 25½ in. (25.4 x 64.8 cm.)
    Executed in 1945.


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    Provenance

    The Downtown Gallery, New York.
    Dr. and Mrs. Michael Watter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 19 October 1967, lot 43.
    Kennedy Galleries, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1968.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the present lot was included in the following sale:
    Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 19 October 1967, lot 43.
    Please note the additional information on this lot:
    Exhibition History:
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Ben Shahn, 1947.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Masterpieces from Philadelphia Private Collections, 1950, no. 92.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Watter Collection, 1953.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Watter Collection, 1958.
    Philadelphia, Private Collections, no. 286.
    Literature:
    Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, vol. XIV, 1947, p. 31, nos. 4-5, illustrated.
    Life Magazine, October 4, 1954, illustrated.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of the Montclair Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisition Endowment Fund


    Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, vol. XIV, 1947, p. 31, nos. 4-5, illustrated.
    Life Magazine, October 4, 1954, illustrated.
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Collects 20th Century: Philadelphia Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1963, p. 32.
    A. Frankenstein, Our Land, Our Sky, Our Water: An Exhibition of American & Canadian Art, exhibition catalogue, Spokane, Washington, 1974, p. 56, no. 49.
    M.S. Kushner, A. Anreus, M. Grzesiak and V. Wageman, Three Hundred Years of American Painting: The Montclair Art Museum Collection, New York, 1989, p. 174, no. 410, illustrated.
    F.K. Pohl, Ben Shahn: With Ben Shahn's Writings, San Francisco, California, 1993, pp. 84-85, cover illustration.


    Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Ben Shahn, 1947.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Masterpieces from Philadelphia Private Collections, 1950, no. 92.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Watter Collection, 1953.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Watter Collection, 1958.
    Philadelphia, Private Collections, no. 286.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Collects 20th Century, October 3-November 17, 1963.
    Spokane, Washington, World's Fair, Our Land, Our Sky, Our Water, May 4-November 3, 1974.
    Washington, D.C., United States Capitol, and elsewhere, Homage to Ben Shahn, April 4-August 18, 1978.