Books About Benson

Book by Faith Andrews Bedford

Impressionist Summers

Frank W. Benson’s North Haven

Benson’s evanescent, demure women glimpsed by firelight or outdoors and his radiant landscapes and seacoasts project an idealized way of life, yet his best pictures touch our deepest emotions and longing for a sane world. His later watercolors are remarkable for their bold experimental effects, and ravishing homages to nature.

Frank W. Benson

American Impressionist

By Faith Andrews Bedford

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 have created an authoritative portrait of the artist and his personal and professional milieu. This rare material allows intriguing insights into the development of a professional artist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the extensive professional challenges and obligations that artists faced and that influenced their work. This is a triumph of critical and historical accuracy combined with a readable story of a successful artist – his work, his life and his times.

Long out of print and quite rare.

Frank W. Benson - American Impressionist

The Sporting Art of Frank W. Benson

By Faith Andrews Bedford

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 passion. Over the next forty years, in etching, lithography, watercolor, and oil and wash, he portrayed birds beloved since childhood and scenes of his hunting and fishing expeditions. This book concentrates on the aspect of Benson’s career that won him both national and international renown as well as financial prosperity. Frank Benson was not only a successful artist but a consummate sportsman. Chronicling hisfrequent trips to his farm house on Cape Cod, where he spent countless days hunting, fishing, and sketching; to his annual salmon fishing trips to his many shooting expeditions in Canada, the Atlantic coast, the American South and the Rockies, this book touches on every aspect of his life and art. Here is a book that presents his sporting works, and his life, in all its forms and rich variety.