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Benson, Frank Weston

Sheila Dugan

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Benson, Frank Weston (24 March 1862–14 November 1951), painter, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of George Wiggin Benson, a successful cotton merchant, and Elisabeth Frost Poole. In 1880 he entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where the curriculum was based on methods of instruction imported from European academies. In 1883 Benson followed a pattern established by other Museum School graduates by moving to Paris to further his education. He bypassed the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and enrolled in the Académie Julian on rue du Faubourg St. Denis. There, under the sporadic tutelage of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, Benson spent two years mastering the calculated, academic style favored in late nineteenth-century Paris salons. This approach to painting prized good draftsmanship and sound design above all else. This academic tradition was so deeply ingrained in Benson that it endured throughout his career and was passed along to his numerous pupils....

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