Rainy Day

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1906

Artist:

Frank Weston Benson
American, 1862–1951

About this artwork

In this interior scene of the artist’s summer residence in Maine, Frank Weston Benson depicted his daughter
Elisabeth curled up in a rattan chair near a large fireplace. A key figure of American Impressionism, Benson is best known for his outdoor figural compositions—often featuring his wife or children—in sun-filled, breezy landscapes. Rainy Day, in contrast, is a study of the subtler effects of interior light, with flat, overcast lighting filtering in from the left and embers glowing at far right. In the late 19th century, painters including Benson, Edmund Tarbell, and Thomas Wilmer Dewing composed scenes of women in interiors in a contemplative state or engaged in activities like sewing and reading, suggesting links between domesticity, femininity, and cultural refinement.

On View

American Art, Gallery 178

Artist

Frank Weston Benson

Title

Rainy Day

Origin

United States

Date

1906

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: F. W. Benson, 1906

Dimensions

63.5 × 76.2 cm (25 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1910.314

Extended information about this artwork

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