Idle Hours, Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York), Oil on canvas, American

Idle Hours

Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York)
Oil on canvas
51 1/4 x 71 1/8 in. (130.2 x 180.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Several Gentlemen, 1888
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Depicted here are the artist’s wife, Anna, and their first child, Caroline Alden Weir, born in 1884, seated in a large, sunny room just off the dining room and pantry of their home. The restrained palette, realistic treatment of the figures, and carefully arranged composition continue the painting style Weir had developed during the 1880s under the influence of such French artists as Jules Bastien-Lepage and Édouard Manet. However, its informal, leisure-time subject and its emphasis on light effects—especially in the bright glow filtering through the curtains and the resulting shadowed faces—look ahead to his adoption of Impressionism during the 1890s.
Signature: [at lower right]: J. Alden Weir--1888
subscribers to the Fourth Annual Prize Fund Exhibition (including George I. Seney, Joseph J. Little, Benjamin Altman, Andrew Carnegie, Erwin Davis, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Thomas B. Clarke, James F. Sutton, Thomas E. Kirby, and W. T. Walters, New York, 1888