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Romanian masterpieces at the Grimberg Gallery

By Claudia Moscovici, art critic, founder of the postromantic art movement, and author of Romanticism and Postromanticism (2007) Since the modern era the notion of “artistic style” has become synonymous with“originality”. Originality represents a step beyond individuality. It traces each artist’s unique fingerprint, setting his art apart from the works of other artists. This understanding of “style”, however, is relatively new in the history of art. Before the nineteenth-century, originality and individuality were not the most highly prized qualities of art. As for autonomy, or regarding art as separate from social functions, this notion didn’t even exist before the modern period. During the Renaissance, the artist emerged as an individual assumed to have a unique talent that was in some way useful to those in power. Artists helped elevate the status of the Church or the State through their masterpieces. They were also considered useful to society in general, by providing works of rar…

Frank Weston Benson. American Impressionist

Frank W. Benson, American impressionist painter. For the politician of the same name, see Frank W. Benson (Oregon governor). For more information about Frank Weston Benson's works, see List of works by Frank Weston Benson.

Frank Weston Benson
circa 1895 BornMarch 24, 1862
Salem, MassachusettsDiedNovember 15, 1951 (aged 89)
Salem, MassachusettsNationalityAmericanFieldImpressionist paintingTrainingSchool of the Museum of Fine Arts, BostonAcadémie JulianParis.
vte Frank Weston Benson, frequently referred to as Frank W. Benson, (March 24, 1862 – November 15, 1951) was an American artist from Salem, Massachusetts known for his Realistic portraits,