Frank Weston Benson
Frank Weston Benson, frequently referred to as Frank W. Benson, (March 24, 1862 – November 15, 1951) was an American artiste from Salem, Massachusetts known for his Realistic portraits, American Impressionist paintings, watercolors and etchings. He began his career painting portraits of distinguished families and murals for the Library of Congress. Some of his best known paintings (Eleanor, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Summer, Rhode Island School of Design Museum) depict his daughters outdoors at Benson's summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine. He as a consequence produced numerous oil, wash and watercolor paintings and etchings of wildfowl and landscapes.
In 1880, Benson began to examination at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston below both Otto Grundmann and Frederic Crowninshield. In 1883 he travelled to Paris to psychotherapy at the Académie Julian. He enjoyed a distinguished career as an learned and department head at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a founding enthusiast of the Ten American Painters, American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Guild of Boston Artists.