The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art

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Much recent scholarship in American art history and cultural studies examines cross-cultural exchanges in the shaping of American art and culture. This lavishly illustrated volume contributes to this endeavor by exploring, through seven scholarly essays and more than 150 color and back-and-white images, how the transatlantic encounters of three of America’s most notable nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists helped mold American art.

Robert Walter Weir (1803–1889) and ...

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Overview

Much recent scholarship in American art history and cultural studies examines cross-cultural exchanges in the shaping of American art and culture. This lavishly illustrated volume contributes to this endeavor by exploring, through seven scholarly essays and more than 150 color and back-and-white images, how the transatlantic encounters of three of America’s most notable nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists helped mold American art.

Robert Walter Weir (1803–1889) and his sons John Ferguson Weir (1841–1926) and Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) saw themselves as heirs to European art traditions and repeatedly crossed the Atlantic to connect with their artistic heritage. Yet they lived, painted, and taught in New York and New England, where they were leaders in American art. Robert taught art at West Point, John founded the first academic art program on a U.S. college campus at Yale, and Julian was a major American impressionist. Their combined works provide a compendium of the painting genres produced in Europe and America across an entire century.

Through letters, diaries, histories, and paintings, this book examines the lives of the American men and women of the Weir art dynasty and their explorations of the wider world—from the Hudson River Valley to London, Paris, and Rome.

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“This book is the first to be devoted to scholarship on all of the Weirs. . . . [It] offers abundant illustrations and scholarly essays that are accessibly written and rigorously documented. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice

“By tackling the subject of the Weir art dynasty and analyzing the complex matrix of events and circumstances surrounding their uniquely American posture during a critical period in the formation of American art, Wardle has made a vital and necessary contribution to the scholarship of American art. This volume stands as a hallmark for future scholars in the field of cross-cultural studies and as a touchstone for all who would like to delve beneath the surface of mainstream art in this country.”—Brigham Young

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611680218
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MARIAN WARDLE is curator of American art at Brigham Young University Museum of Art and a part-time faculty member at BYU in art history.
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Table of Contents

Foreword – Campbell B. Gray
Preface and Acknowledgments – Marian Wardle
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Weir Family at Home and Abroad – Marian Wardle
Robert Walter Weir and the Sense of Place – Leo G. Mazow
Enthralled and Dismayed by Paris: Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) in the Transatlantic World – Hollis Clayson
Becoming an Artist in the Modern World – Lois Marie Fink
Cosmopolitans All? The Weirs amid a World of Others – Robert W. Rydell
Engaging Science and Industry: Tradition, Modernity, and the Weirs – Betsy Fahlman
Women of Substance: The Women of the Weir Dynasty – Heather Belnap Jensen
Weir Family Chronology – Julianne Gough
Weir Family Genealogy – Danielle Hurd
Bibliography
Contributors
List of Exhibited Works
Index
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