Claude Ronald Bentley oil on canvas, "Untitled" 1954
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|This fine and large original painting was done by New York City artist, Claude Ronald Bentley (1915-1990). His work resides in a number of important public and private collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Corcoran in Washington DC, and the Denver Art Museum. So as not to be too disconnected from the tribal and pre-Columbian art world, this painting was created by an artist who had great inspiration from traditional African arts and from the pre-Conquest peoples and art of Mesoamerica. Mr. Bentley's work was included in the "1949" exhibition held at the Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago in 1999, where it was applauded by critics, one of whom said his painting on view was "oceanic in its color scheme" and was "first rate." This particularly handsome example was purchased from the artist ca. 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pollack. Pollack, then curator of the photography collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, was instrumental in leading the way to make modern photography a respected art form. Measuring 72"L x 37"H, the painting is in original, fine condition with some aging of the painted surface, commensurate with age. A superb, panoramic example of Bentley's abstract style.|