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    JOSÉ WEISS (French, 1859-1919)
    Path through a Rocky Landscape
    Oil on panel
    6-3/4 x 10-3/4 inches (17.1 x 27.3 cm)
    Signed lower left: Jose Weiss
    Various notations on panel #6/15 KS, possibly an inscription now illegible.

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    Born in Paris to English parents, Jose Weiss lived in Roubaix, France until 1893 when he settled permanently in England. There he forged a career painting the Sussex landscape in a manner that combines aspects of French Barbizon painting with perhaps a bit of Constable's passionate preoccupation with the restless English sky. Despite living and working in England, Weiss nonetheless participated regularly in the notoriously jingoistic Parisian exhibitions between 1894 and 1914, and received an honorable mention in the Salon of 1899. He also participated in exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists in London. Apart from his Salon pictures, Weiss often worked small and directly, on panel, as in the present work. He seldom dated his pictures, making an assessment of his development difficult to establish.

    Besides painting, Weiss was a tremendous glider enthusiast. His choice of residence in the windswept countryside at Houghton, near Arundel in Sussex presented prime opportunities for flying the man-powered gliders he invented. Beginning in 1908, he made a series of flying wing gliders and powered aircraft, all based on the same birdlike wing configuration. The most famous of these "ornithopters" was the Keith Weiss Aviette, which used foot pedals and levers to make the wings beat. While his Aviette never flew successfully, Weiss's craft contributed to successful designs made by Handley Page.


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      Framed Dimensions 11.5 X 15.5 Inches

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