Frank Benson

(1862-1951)

Frank Benson, a member of the Ten American Painters, was one of the leaders of American Impressionism. With Edmund Tarbell and William McGregor Paxton, Benson was also a key figure in the development of a "Boston" Impressionist style, which emphasized scenes of cultivated women at leisure in interiors filled with the evidence of their cultivation - Japanese screens, Chinese porcelains, art books, musical instruments, and vases of flowers. Such scenes depict a serene and graceful world, a meditative present that reflects upon the rich textures of the past.