This lecture will examine the entirety of Frank W. Benson's distinguished career, with emphasis on his use of light, placing him in the front ranks of American Impressionists. Linked with Childe Hassam, John H. Twacthman and J. Alden Weir in The Ten American Painters, Benson helped enhance the popularity of the new style. This lecture will trace Benson's origins in Salem, MA, to his studies and later long teaching stint at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, his learning sojourn in France, and his glorious sun filled art on North Haven on view in the museum. Benson's affinities with Vermeer and Sargent in portraiture, with Winslow Homer in seascapes, and his long record of achievements in watercolor and etching, will also be explored.
Lecturer Stephen May is an independent historian, writer and lecturer on art and culture. He divides his time between Washington, DC and Union, ME.