Painters Paintings Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951): The Seamstress, 1913, oil on canvas, 36 x 26 in…
Painters Work Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951): The Seamstress, 1913, oil on canvas, 36 x 26 in. (91.four x 66 cm.), Personal assortment . .
Inside scenes resembling ‘The Seamstress’ had been enhances to Benson’s celebrated depictions of girls and kids outdoor and the artist’s main focus in the course of the winter months spent in Boston. The Seamstress is a superior instance of those home portraits that Benson was producing in the course of the early 1900s.
Right here his twenty-three 12 months previous daughter, Eleanor, sits elegantly engrossed in her craft in a softly lit nook of his St. Botolph Avenue studio. She sews subsequent to the window, which serves as the sunshine supply for the composition and illuminates her needlework and her flowing white gown, in addition to the wall behind her.
On the desk, beside her, a violin, potted plant and a pitcher relaxation, silhouetted by the sunshine which pours in by means of the window behind them and catches small highlights on every of the objects. Closest to the sitter is her equipment with spools of thread in vibrant reds and cobalts. ‘The Seamstress’ is subtly composed, and Benson’s wealthy, dashing brushwork animates the floor of the canvas, giving visible curiosity to an elegantly understated canvas. The sunshine suffused inside is a rarefied setting that underscores the sense of restraint and class that typified his type on the time.