Sold to a private collector
Frank W. Benson (American, 1862-1951)
Signed and dated lower right
Watercolor on paper
18 x 25 inches
Courtesy of John G. Hagan
Frank Benson was an avid outdoorsman and recorded many of his experiences in his paintings. He began actively using watercolor, a portable medium ideal for plein air work, in the early 1920s. During this period Benson frequented Canada's Gaspe Peninsula where he and his friends fished for salmon. Although he painted numerous scenes associated with salmon fishing, Flying Eddy is one of only a few that portrays the actual act of fishing.
This work was one of a select group of watercolors included in the joint exhibition of Boston school artists Frank W. Benson and Edmund C. Tarbell held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1938.