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Anna Dwight Weir Reading a Letter

Artist:
Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York)
Date:
ca. 1890
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
12 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (31.8 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schneider Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.193
Not on view
Weir painted this tender depiction of his wife, Anna, just before his full immersion in Impressionism. The precise handling of Anna’s head suggests the influence of sixteenth-century portraits by Hans Holbein, whom Weir admired. The picture-within a- picture device recalls works by Whistler, Degas, and Manet. In 1897, along with Childe Hassam and John H. Twachtman, Weir would spearhead the creation of Ten American Painters, an exhibiting organization that included several other artists committed to Impressionism.
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