Julian Alden Weir

American, 1852–1919

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Julian Alden Weir

American, 1852–1919

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The son of an artist, J. Alden Weir initially painted portraits, figurative works, and still lifes in an established academic style. In 1873, he studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he was influenced by the paintings of James Whistler and Édouard Manet. Having bought a farm in Connecticut and been encouraged by John Henry Twachtman and Theodore Robinson, Weir began painting in a more Impressionist style, adopting its signature loose brushwork, flattened and distorted perspectives, and lighter palette. His landscape works from this period include scenes from throughout New England, including Cos Cob, Connecticut, where he taught a summer painting class. He was one of the founding members of the American Impressionist group the Ten American Painters.

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Biography

The son of an artist, J. Alden Weir initially painted portraits, figurative works, and still lifes in an established academic style. In 1873, he studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he was influenced by the paintings of James Whistler and Édouard Manet. Having bought a farm in Connecticut and been encouraged by John Henry Twachtman and Theodore Robinson, Weir began painting in a more Impressionist style, adopting its signature loose brushwork, flattened and distorted perspectives, and lighter palette. His landscape works from this period include scenes from throughout New England, including Cos Cob, Connecticut, where he taught a summer painting class. He was one of the founding members of the American Impressionist group the Ten American Painters.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more