7th Grade Research (Julian Alden Weir)

Julian Alden Weir was born in West Point, New York during 1852. He later died in 1919 also in New York. Julian is a landscape artist. He was inspired to become an artist by his father, Robert Weir, a drawing instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, and his half-brother John Weir, who was the first director of the art program at Yale University. Julian Alden Weir comes from a very art based family.Julian attended art classes at the National Academy of Design. Then, he traveled to Paris to study under Jean-Léon Gérôme. Later, he studied at École des Beaux-Arts. Julian Alden Weir, then, traveled to The Netherlands, Spain, France, and back to New York. He made New York his home and had a studio near Washington Square. Weir traveled back to Europe in 1880 to receive an honorable mention at the Paris Salon. While in Paris he purchased pieces of artwork for friends and collectors. After he got married, Julian owned a farm in Branchville, Connecticut. He summered there. The Connecticut landscape is featured in a lot of Weir’s work. This is because he was inspired by the subtle tones and soft light. Weir started experimenting with watercolors, pastel, and printmaking. Weir painted American landscapes, giving interest to the overhead light in a shadowless, summer afternoon.One of his most famous artworks, from the phillips collection, is After the ride. The painting’s median is oil on canvas. The painting was dated back to 1903. It shows Weir’s youngest daughter, Cora. Cora is shown with the family donkey, Ned Toodles. Duncan Phillips wrote that, “this picture is first and last just a vivid glimpse of the real world at Branchville, Connecticut.” Weir continued to paint his family members, including his wife and daughter.He normally painted pictures of children in nature. Julian Alden Weir was a landscape painter in the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds.

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