Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York)
Oil on canvas
29 x 38 in. (73.7 x 96.6 cm)
Gift of Cora Weir Burlingham, 1979, and Purchase, Marguerite and Frank Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 1998
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770
Having studied with leading academic painters in Paris, Weir was repelled by French Impressionism in the 1870s. By the 1890s, however, under the influence of Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, and others, he had himself adopted the style. Here, he celebrated picturesque New England industry, offering symbols of progress in harmony with nature. A large tree spreads its protective canopy over two telegraph poles, in the extreme foreground, as well as over the smokestack and spool shop (with tower) of the Willimantic Linen Company’s Connecticut factory. In the tranquil scene, there is no hint of the company’s labor woes or financial problems.
Signature: [at lower left]: J. Alden Weir. 1897.
the artist's wife, Ella Baker Weir; her stepdaughter, Cora Weir Burlingham; Cora Weir Burlingham and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art and William Carlin and Charles Burlingham