Claude R. Bentley

American, 1915 - 1990


Born in New York City, Claude Bentley studied at Northwestern University and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a student of Louis Ritman and Max Kahn. Known for his work as an abstract painter, Bentley took inspiration partly from the simplified geometric forms of pre-Columbian, Mexican Indian and primitive African art. The artist served a tour of duty with the armed forces in North Africa during World War II.

Bentley’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Denver Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

  • Bentley 9173

    Tropicale, 1954
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 41 inches

    Signed and dated Claude Bentley ‘54 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #9173
  • Bentley 7202

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1952
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 50 inches

    Signed and dated Claude Bentley ‘52 lower right.

    #7202
  • Bentley 8492

    Plumed Serpent, ca. 1959
    Gouache on artist board
    19 x 29 inches

    Signed Claude Bentley lower left; signed and titled on reverse.

    #8492
  • Bentley 7447

    Antiguas, ca. 1959
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 50 inches

    Signed Claude Bentley lower right.

    #7447
    SOLD

Born in New York City, Claude Bentley studied at Northwestern University and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a student of Louis Ritman and Max Kahn. Known for his work as an abstract painter, Bentley took inspiration partly from the simplified geometric forms of pre-Columbian, Mexican Indian and primitive African art. The artist served a tour of duty with the armed forces in North Africa during World War II.

Bentley’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Denver Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

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