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Rainy Day

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Frank Weston Benson
American, 1862–1951

About this artwork

In this interior scene of the artist’s summer residence in Maine, American Impressionist Frank Weston Benson depicted his daughter Elisabeth curled up in a rattan chair near a large fireplace. Benson is best known for his outdoor figural compositions, which often feature his wife or children in sun-filled, breezy landscapes. Rainy Day, in contrast, is a study of the subtler effects of interior light. The artist captured the soft, filtered light emanating from the left and embers glowing at far right. Benson was one of a number of late-19th-century artists who painted scenes of contemplative women in interiors, sometimes engaged in activities like sewing or reading, suggesting a cultural link between domesticity and femininity.


On View, Gallery 178


Arts of the Americas


Frank Weston Benson


Rainy Day


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower right: F. W. Benson, 1906


63.5 × 76.2 cm (25 × 30 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection

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