Frank W. Benson is best known for his impressionist “plein-air” paintings. He was focused on capturing light. He once said, “I follow the light; where it comes from, where it goes.”
Benson, one of the best printmakers of the 20th century, is credited with making wildlife prints a distinct genre. To one of his daughters he said, “The whole process from the bare plate to the finished print is full of fascinating possibilities and possible failures.”
Etching led Benson to lithography; perhaps his rarest medium. He used his imagination, coupling it with personal experience and solid principals of composition—what he called “design”—to convey his birds and sportsmen with such great appeal.
This book focuses on Frank W. Benson’s life and work in Maine, where he spent summers on North Haven Island, at Wooster Farm. It was there that he painted almost.
The Sporting Art of Frank W. Benson
In mid-life, after an extremely successful career as a portraitist and painter of plein air canvases, Frank W. Benson returned to the wildfowl and sporting subjects that were his lifelong.
Frank W. Benson – American Impressionist
Mrs. Andrews Bedford has drawn on a rich store of family memories, diaries, letters and archives to create an intimate biography of the artist. Her research both here and abroad.