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.
The month of March is a time of migration. The skies are full of geese heading north making a graceful “V” against the pale spring sky. The patterns.
Historic Benson Painting Fails to Find a Buyer at Auction
When Frank W. Benson returned from two years of study at the Academie Julian in Paris he hung out his shingle and began painting portraits as quickly as he could. He’d.