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Frank Weston Benson

Frank Weston Benson Biography

Artist


ABOUT
Popular early 20th-century American artist known for his portraits, watercolors, etchings, and Impressionist paintings. His work included "Eleanor," which was part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, collection, and "Summer," which was in the Rhode Island School of Design Museum collection.
BEFORE FAME
He studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Paris' Académie Julien.

FAMILY LIFE
He married Ellen Perry Peirson, who became the mother of his four children. Benson's 1889 portrait of his wife hangs in Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art.
ASSOCIATED WITH
His contemporary Mary Cassatt was another well-known American Impressionist painter.
TRIVIA
He received the Silver Medal at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle for his painting "The Sisters."

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