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.

Date:

c. 1929

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 177

Artist

Frank Weston Benson

Title

White Heron in a Pool in a Garden

Origin

United States

Date

1929

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

76.2 × 63.5 cm (30 × 25 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

16.1993

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