Julian Alden Weir was an American painter and printmaker active in the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
He was one of the the painters loosely known as “American Impressionists”, and more relevantly, was a member of “The Ten” — a group of influential painters in Boston that included Frank W. Benson, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Childe Hassam, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Robert Reid, Edmund C. Tarbell, and John Henry Twachtman (links to my posts).
Julian Alden Weir is the younger brother of John Furgeson Weir, also a well-known painter, with a somewhat more conservative style in keeping with the Hudson River School and later in his career, with the Barbizon School.
I first wrote about Julian Alden Weir back in 2008, since then more resources and better reptoductions of his work have become available on the web, though his paintings still seem to suffer in reproduction more than some of his contemporaries.
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Julian Alden WEIR (1852-1919) was the youngest son out of sixteen children. Though a number of the siblings became painters, J. Alden is best known. He was one of the earliest American impressionist painters. Subtle gradations of light and tone characterize his work. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York before traveling to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1873. Returning to America he became a distinguished portrait, figure and landscape painter. He was one of the founders of the Society of American Artists in 1877, a member of the National Academy of Design, and a founder of the Ten American Painters group in New York. His works hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Peabody Gallery of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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