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Frank W. Benson Etching "Yellowlegs No. 3," 1923

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Frank Weston Benson (Massachusetts, 1862 – 1951)
Yellowlegs No. 3, 1923
Etching on paper
Signed to the lower left
Auction labels to the verso

Frank W. Benson was born into a prominent family of Salem, Massachusetts. In 1880, Benson enrolled at Boston’s Museum School, later to become the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From 1883 to 1884, Benson studied at the Académie Julien in Paris under artists such as Gustave Boulanger. He returned to the United States and taught at the Portland, Maine School of Art and his alma mater, Boston’s Museum School, of which he became the head of the painting department in 1890. Alongside his teaching career, Benson continued to paint and exhibit his works. Dissatisfied with the scale of salon shows, Benson and nine other artists withdrew from the Society of American Artists in 1897. Although different in oeuvre, the Ten worked with the interests of French Impressionism, and soon became known as the American Impressionists. They exhibited their works widely across the country in smaller shows. Benson turned to wildlife paintings and printmaking later in his life. By 1914, he was considered the most medaled painter, including the Thomas B. Clark Prize at the National Academy and the Logan Medal of Arts, Chicago. His work is exhibited and held in many major institutions including the Royal Academy, London; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


- toning to the paper; scratches to the frame; dried adhesive residue to the right of the frame.


13.0" W x 17.0" H x 0.75" D

- measures frame; plate mark measures 5.85" W x 7.85" H.

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