For more paintings by Frank Benson, go to Lovely Whatevers
There is an old saying that "good art imitates nature." In this case, the grand daughters and great-grand daughters of artist Frank Benson, pose to imitate his good art, dressed in similar clothing, which was widely available in the early 1990's.
Posing as Eleanor, approximately 100 years later, for the cover of Victoria Magazine, 1992
"Sunlight" from Lovely Whatevers
Frank Benson painted pictures of his daughters when the family vacationed in a country spot near a lake.
One of Frank Benson's great granddaughters posing his painting in 1992
Above, Frank Benson's painting of one of his daughters on the left; imitated below by one of his descendants.
You can see more art by Frank Benson and read about his family on a website written by one of his granddaughters here http://www.frankwbenson.com/bensonbio.html
All photos are from the July 1992 issue of Victoria Magazine.
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These paintings show women with a background of nature, dressed not to defy it but to compliment it. I do so wish the younger women would think of lakes and skies and apple blossoms, white picket fences, and beautiful homes, when they choose their clothing. I know that there is not much available "on the rack" or cheaply, but their mothers can surely pay dressmakers or trade services of some kind, and have good clothing made. In a future post, I will put patterns up that I have found easy, alongside paintings that inspired the look.