Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Art Review - "The Silver Screen" by Frank Weston Benson

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a piece from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by American artist, Frank Weston Benson. Best known for his figurative work, the artist was also a prolific still life painter.

This painting is a masterclass in color and value control. Despite being painted with thick broken color, the artist captures the soft flow of the fabrics and the gentle curved surface of the vase. The piece is filled with color, and yet feels subdued and calm. Notice how the value contrast is reduced as the fruit moves behind the glass of the bowl, conveying a sense of the glass without painting any reflections within it. This is an inspiring work.

"The Silver Screen" • Frank Weston Benson • Oil on Canvas • 1921 • 36.25" x 44.125"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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