by Faith Andrews Bedford
This book focuses on Frank W. Benson’s life and work in Maine, where he spent summers on North Haven Island, at Wooster Farm. It was there that he painted almost all of his brilliant, light-filled Impressionist paintings, launched his prolific etching career, and began his highly successful watercolor period, many of which are illustrated. Also included are family photographs and new photographs of Wooster Farm.
Through paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings, and lithographs, many seen here for the first time, this volume illustrates the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson’s art. These works, as well as family photographs and new photographs of Wooster Farm taken specially for this book, present not only the art of an immensely talented artist but also an intimate portrait of a dedicated teacher and devoted family man.