Weir, Julian Alden
Weir, Julian Alden(wēr), 1852–1919, b. West Point, N.Y., American painter. He studied with his father Robert Walter Weir, a landscape painter of the Hudson River schoolHudson River school,
group of American landscape painters, working from 1825 to 1875. The 19th-century romantic movements of England, Germany, and France were introduced to the United States by such writers as Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper.
..... Click the link for more information. , at the National Academy; and with Gérôme in Paris. He was one of the earliest American impressionist painters. Subtle gradations of light and tone characterize his work. He was a founder of the Society of American Artists (1877), a member of the National Academy (1886), and its president (1915–17). When the Ten American Artists formed a separate group (1898), he joined them. His works include Idle Hours, The Green Bodice, and The Red Bridge (all: Metropolitan Mus.); a portrait and Autumn (Corcoran Gall.); and Midday Rest in New England (Pa. Acad. of the Fine Arts). Weir's brother, John Ferguson Weir, 1841–1926, was a painter, sculptor and author, noted for small genre scenes and for his biography of John Trumbull.
See J. A. Weir's letters with a biography by his daughter, Dorothy Weir Young (ed. by L. Chisolm, 1960).