Frank W. Benson

(Salem, Massachusetts, 1862 - 1951, Salem, Massachusetts)

Dead Goose


Drypoint on paper

8 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (22.6 x 19.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw


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Around 1913 Benson left behind the sparkling impressionist technique he used in early paintings and began producing drawings and prints of waterfowl in a limited range of grays and blacks. The subjects of these prints reflect his lifelong interest in bird-watching and hunting. The works’ open spaces and slightly abstract forms reveal Benson’s knowledge of Asian art; his sea-captain ancestors filled his boyhood home with Asian art objects they had collected abroad.

United States