DescriptionJULIAN ALDEN WEIR (American, 1852-1919)
The Beach, Nassau, circa 1914
Oil on canvas
25-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches (64.1 x 76.8 cm)
Wife of the above;
Richard K. Larcada Gallery, New York;
Meredith Long & Co., Houston, Texas (labels verso);
Private collection, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1965.
D. Phillips, Julian Alden Weir: An Appreciation of His Life and Works, New York, 1921, p. 136.
J. Alden Weir studied in Paris with the great academician Jean -Léon Gérôme, and at that time expressed his revulsion toward the then avant-garde of the French Impressionists. It was a position he later recanted. Weir became identified with the Impressionist movement in the United States, and was known for his landscapes and still-life paintings. In 1888, John Twachtman joined his friend in Branchville, Connecticut. At this time, Weir began a series of landscapes that were done of the sea around his farm, and were influenced by Twachtman's style of painting, moody and delicate, in a muted palette and limited range of values. Over the next few years, Weir's work evolved, influenced by his deepening interest in Impressionism, and perhaps, energized by his own success. The work became more atmospheric and was done in pale hues with broader brushwork. After about 1890, Weir seems to have lost interest in the theme of still-lives, although some continued to appear sporadically during the 1890s and 1900s. Around 1914, Weir traveled to Nassau in the Bahamas, where he produced many wonderful works depicting this exotic island. Dorothy Weir Young, the artist's daughter, in her book, The Life and Letters of J. Alden Weir (New Haven, Connecticut, 1960, p. 240) writes: "Canvases brought back from trips to Nassau were alive with Caribbean sunshine." The Beach, Nassau is one of his most beautiful paintings done in Nassau and the quote from the artist's letter to his daughter precisely sums up Weir's delight in his Caribbean travels.
Glue-lined canvas; areas of painting surface appear to flouresce, which may be over-paint; otherwise, appears to be in overall good condition.
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