Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson's North Haven

  • Frank W. Benson, Study for Young Girl with a Veil, (detail) c. 1912, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 3/4, private collection
  • Frank W. Benson, Study for Young Girl with a Veil, c. 1912, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 3/4, private collection
  • Frank W. Benson, Dory Fishermen, 1941, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches, private collection
June 17, 2012December 30, 2012
Morehouse Wing

This exhibition examines Frank W. Benson's long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine, thirteen miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that Benson (1862 - 1951) painted almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The renowned artist's island home was also where he launched his prolific etching career and began making his highly successful watercolors. Through his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings and lithographs, the exhibition will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson's art.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of:
Ms. Faith Andrews Bedford and Mr. Robert F. Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi, Charles and Julia Bolton, Christie’s, Lizbeth and George Krupp, Machias Savings Bank, Grant and Carol Nelson, Margaret L. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. David Webb

The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design