Painters Paintings Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951): Great White Herons, 1923, oil on canvas, 94 x 7…
Painters Work Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951): Nice White Herons, 1923, oil on canvas, 94 x 76.2 cm (37 x 30 in.)
Herons and Lilies is a traditional instance of a reminiscence inspiring a portray. Recalling the herons Benson had seen on journeys to the Florida Keys, Benson portrayed them within the lily pond behind his summer season house on Maine’s North Haven Island. The cool blues, violets and vivid greens of his sunlit pool made an ideal foil for the snowy plumage of the herons. This placing association of good, white birds set in opposition to an August‑blue sky, illustrates what Benson meant when he stated, ‘A very good image has a sure austerity, a distinction, whether or not of the factor itself, the lighting, the colour, or the association. Mere draftsmanship, representing nature, doesn’t make an image’
‘.. I attempt to make them a part of the panorama during which they happen, relatively than to explain them as specimens. What I most take pleasure in about them is their wildness.’ Noting that birds hardly ever pose for an image, he stated, ‘My footage of wild-fowl are totally the results of issues seen in nature and drawn from reminiscence’.