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Low Estimate$5,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedFebruary 1, 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' career was largely shaped by one of the style's masters, Thomas Hart Benton. The artist met Benton at the age of eighteen when he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute in 1938 and would study under him for the next three years. His career was interrupted by the war and he eventually took a job with the Navy as a cartographer. At the end of 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 the age of thirty.

Returning to the Mid-West, Medearis re-married and by the 1960s his artistic passion was re-kindled. In 1966 a Maryland art dealer named Philip Desind tracked Medearis down with the help of Benton who referred to him as "his finest pupil in the late 1930's". Desind became his primary dealer and they had a long a productive partnership up 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, Benton and Grant Wood.

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


UV light reveals no obvious retouch.

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