May 21, 2020 - Sale 2537

Sale 2537 - Lot 348

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

Etching and drypoint, 1914. 174x225 mm; 7x8 7/8 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 4/50 in pencil, lower margin. A superb impression of this very scarce and early etching.

Benson (1862-1951) was a prominent American Impressionist whose sought-after portraits and plein-air scenes provided him professional success during his career. As a founding member of the Ten American Painters, a prestigious group of early American Impressionists whose members also included Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), he helped promote a new style of painting of which ran counter to the traditional, academic Society of American Artists.

Later in life Benson turned to etching, and in 1915 he hosted his first exhibition of prints that depicted waterfowl and hunters, a change from his usual subjects of women and children. The success of the show led him in a new artistic direction, and during the later part of his career he created over 350 etchings of hunting and wildlife scenes thereby expanding the genre of the American sporting print. Paff 31.