Anna Dwight Weir Reading a Letter

Julian Alden Weir American

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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.

Anna Dwight Weir Reading a Letter, Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York), Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on white wove paper, American

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