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Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Canada Geese in the Snow

Auction:
2470
Lot:
445
Sold for:
$50,363$42,500

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 2470
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 11, 2009 12:00PM

Description:

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951)

Canada Geese in the Snow
Signed and dated "F. W. Benson '30" l.r.
Watercolor with graphite on paper, sight size 18 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (47.0 x 59.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Ripping, subtle mat burn.
N.B. A member of ³The Ten² and one of the leading American Impressionist artists, Frank Benson worked in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, and etching, and produced portraits, landscapes, sporting scenes, and still lifes. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Benson first studied at Boston¹s Museum School before traveling to Paris, where he enrolled at the Academie Julian. After returning to the U.S. in 1885, he taught at Boston¹s Museum School and enjoyed a successful career, gaining membership to the Society of American Artists and winning many awards, including the Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy in New York. At this time Benson was best known for his graceful plein-air oil portraits which incorporated elements of French Impressionism. However, as American artistic tastes began to change in the 1910s Benson¹s focus began to shift too, towards landscapes and sporting subjects. Always an avid outdoorsman, it was at this time that he began depicting views of New England and Canada, and abandoned oil paint in favor of watercolors and etchings.

Estimate $30,000-50,000

Partially adhered to backing mat with sheet adhesive. The paper is partially lifting from the sheet adhesive. The sheet measures 20 x 25 in.

Keywords

Frank Weston Benson, oil, Museum School, Paris, Salem, Massachusetts, United States, National Academy, National Academy in New York, Society of American Artists, graceful plein-air oil portraits, New England, abandoned oil paint, Benson, Watercolor painting

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