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Lot #830
Sold For$18,000.00(hammer price)
 $21,600.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedMay 2, 2019


California/Missouri, 1920-2001

Missouri Farm". Signed lower left "Medearis". Inscribed verso "Missouri Farm 16" x 24" Painted in Egg Tempera (with Acrylic Polymer Emulsion) Painted on Hardboard Panel Which Has Been Coated with Acrylic Gesso. Varnished with 'Liquitex Soluvar'. Roger Medearis Monterey Park, California 1970".
An American Regionalist painter, Medearis's career was largely shaped by one of the style's masters, Thomas Hart Benton. Medearis met Benton at age 18, when he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute in 1938, and he would study under him for the next three years. Medearis's career was interrupted by World War II, when he took a job with the Navy as a cartographer. After the war he established a studio in Connecticut but became deeply depressed and abandoned his wife and child as well as his artistic career at age 30.

He returned to the Midwest and re-married. By the 1960s his artistic passion was re-kindled. In 1966 a Maryland art dealer, Philip Desind, tracked Medearis down with the help of Benton, who referred to him as "his finest pupil in the late 1930s". Desind became Medearis's primary dealer and they had a long and productive partnership until the artist's death in 2001.

Painted in 1970 "Missouri Farm" represents a fine and desirable work from the early part of the artist's rebooted career. Its rolling hills, sculpted fields and earthy palette gives us a fine example of American Regionalism in the tradition of its masters, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood.

Private Collection, Massachusetts
Egg tempera on board, 16" x 24". Framed 22.25" x 30.25"."


UV light reveals no obvious retouch. Good condition with no a superficial mar (dirt?) to the upper left quadrant in sky above hill.

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