Exhibition: Light & Color: 150 Years on Paper, Featuring Frank W. Benson & His Contemporaries

Exhibition Information

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Girls at Ogunquit, Maine by Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969), Watercolor & graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, signed and dated lower left: A. Lassell Ripley 1923


On exhibition April 21, 2018 - May 26, 2018

The exhibition features works on paper by important American painters, who chose to focus their talents on such mediums as charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastel, and oil on paper. Many of these artists were pioneers in exhibiting their works on paper as finished paintings in prominent national exhibitions as early as the 1870’s.

The exhibition features five watercolors by the famed teacher and artist Frank W. Benson (1862–1951) who greatly influenced the next generation of New England painters, such as Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896–1969), John Whorf (1903–1959) and Lilian Westcott Hale (1880–1963). Accompanied by new paintings and drawings from members of Vose Galleries’ Contemporary Realist Division (including Donald Demers, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, John Whalley, and Janet Monafo), this exhibition not only spans over 150 years but also touches upon a large variety of styles and subject matter. A selection of the works on paper in this exhibition will be illustrated in a publication available for purchase, with the entirety of the expansive show viewable online.