Real life for American artist Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) included a wife, children, an inherited house, a vacation home, and a six-figure income for many of his productive years. Benson ( JAMA cover, June 22, 1979) painted from the time he was 12 years old until a few years before he died. The Salem, Massachusetts, native did not stray far from his hometown after his almost de rigueur, for the era, educational interval in Paris where he, like his companion Edmund Tarbell and many other artistic hopefuls, attended the Académie Julian. On his return from Europe, the student became a teacher: Benson joined the faculty of the Museum School in Boston in 1889 and remained associated with the school for more than 40 years.
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