Gold Framed Landscape Oil Painting by Ben Foster (b. 1840)
Gold Framed Landscape Oil Painting by Ben Foster (1840-).
This antique American artwork is oil paint on canvas and measures 40 inches tall by 40 inches wide by 3 inches deep.
The wall art features a wooded landscape during the fall and a long straight dirt road that is cut through it.
Benjamin Foster's painting specialty was bucolic scenes of the New England countryside.
His style was predominantly Tonalist with subdued colors and limited tones---almost exclusively autumn colors, muted browns, grays and rusts.
In Tonalist tradition, he completed most of his paintings, both oil and watercolor, in his studio and not on location, en plein air.
Foster was born in North Anson, Maine, where he spent his childhood, along with his artist brother, Charles Foster.
For financial reasons, he did not begin an art career until he was almost age thirty.
In 1870, he settled in New York City, and took a mercantile job to support art training.
He attended the Art Students League in New York City, and studied privately with Abbott Thayer, whose influence on Foster was the painting of floral still life.
In 1886, like many American artists, he went to Paris.
He traveled with Leonard Ochtman and Charles Warren Eaton, with whom he had been sharing a New York studio at 9 East 17th Street.
In Paris, he studied with Aime Morot, Luc Oliver Merson, and Harry Thompson and exhibited paintings at the Paris Salon.
He also went to the French countryside including Barbizon where he did pastoral paintings.
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