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Rainy Day, 1906
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 76.2 cm (25 x 30 in.)
Signed lower right: F. W. Benson, 1906
Friends of American Art Collection, 1910.314
Not on Display
Like many of his American contemporaries, Frank Benson spent time in Paris in his youth, studying at the Académie Julian. However, after returning to his native soil he never again ventured overseas, choosing instead to work and draw his artistic inspiration from his homes and surroundings in Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, and North Haven, Maine. The artist did not call himself an Impressionist but he did concentrate on the effects of light in his works, and his paintings of his children outdoors at his summer home in Maine are full of dappled sunlight. Rainy Day, in contrast, shows an interior scene, a rarity among Benson's pictures. Here, his daughter Elizabeth curls up in a chair with a book but her gaze is directed toward a glowing fire, no doubt providing welcome warmth on a dull, stormy day.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 2nd Annual Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, September 26, 1907, cat.6.
New York, Montross Gallery, 11th Annual Exhibition of Ten American Painters, March 17–April 4, 1908, cat.3.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Ten American Painters, April 11–May 3, 1908, cat. 5 (ill.).
Cincinnati Art Museum, 15th Annual Exhibition of American Art, May 23–July 20, 1908, cat.239.
New York, Macbeth Gallery, An Exhibition of Paintings by a Group of Boston Artists, April 16–29, 1909, cat.1.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 4th Annual Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, September 12, 1909, cat.15.
Boston, St. Botolph Club, Paintings by Frank W. Benson, January 10–29, 1910, cat.12.
Cincinnati Art Museum, 17th Annual Exhibition of American Art, May 21–July 20, 1910, cat. 3.
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Fourteenth Annual Exhibition, May 2–June 30, cat. 16.
Art Institute of Chicago, Twenty-third Annual Exhibition of American Art, October 18–November 27, 1910, cat. 19.
Toledo Museum of Art, The Inaugural Exhibition, January 17–February 12, 1912, cat. 7.
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University of Chicago, Quadrangle Club, October 20, 1922–April 16, 1923.
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