Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Ten: Frank Weston Benson

Frank W. Benson (American, 1862 – 1951) 

Summer (1900)

Benson, a leading member of the group of American painters known as “the Ten”, taught in both Boston and New York and occasionally offered studio critiques to students at Rhode Island School of Design. 
In this painting, the light-filled view represents Benson’s daughters and niece on the cliffs near the artist’s vacation home on North Haven Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Rendered with the brilliant palette and broken brushstrokes of French Impressionism, it is based on sketches and photographs that captured the poses of these confident young women, personifications of beauty and optimism on a perfect summer day.
source: http://fuckyeahimpressionism.tumblr.com/page/7

River Landscape, 1924

Head of a lady

Evening, 1925. Watercolor, gouache and graphite.

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