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White Heron in a Pool in a Garden

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1929


Frank Weston Benson
American, 1862–1951

About this artwork

A principal figure of American Impressionism, Frank Weston Benson explored the effects of color and light in landscape and figure studies drawn from his life in North Haven, Maine, where he summered with his family beginning in 1901. A small pond behind his home offered ample artistic material, with its thick vegetation, water lilies, sun-dappled reflections, and shady nooks. A lifelong wildlife enthusiast, Benson excelled at depictions of birds. Here, he added a white heron to his composition, a species native to more southerly climes. Benson likely painted the heron from memory, having become fascinated with the stately creature
during his fishing trips to the Florida Keys.


On View, Gallery 177


Arts of the Americas


Frank Weston Benson


White Heron in a Pool in a Garden


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1929


Oil on canvas


76.2 × 63.5 cm (30 × 25 in.)

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Anonymous loan

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