Lot 612: Thomas Hart Benton

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:34:28

Lot 612: Interesting pair of unsigned manuscripts: a lengthy handwritten manuscript in pencil, seventeen pages on nine sheets, 8 x 12.5, no date; and a hand-edited typed manuscript, two pages, 8.5 x 11, no date. The handwritten manuscript, entitled "The Fundamentals of Art Criticism," in part: "An individual's habitual mental attitudes inevitably color his thought, no matter on what that thought is brought to bear so that it must be admitted at the outset that nothing is so deeply ingrained in all criticism as personal bias. A true study of the foundations of art criticism becomes a study of that which in tendency, learning and environment has given critical thought its specific directions and which causes it to react in special ways to questions of art, finding this significant and that meaningless. It becomes a study of the effect of current activities on temperament." In overall fine condition, with uniform toning and partial separations to folds of the typed manuscript. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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