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Branchville, Connecticut

Artist: Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852 - 1919)

Date: 1890
Medium: Black ink on medium weight, cream-colored, laid paper
Overall: 10 9/16 × 14 3/4in. (26.8 × 37.5cm)
Signed: signed lower left (Recto)
Markings: watermark in paper
Inscribed: verso (in graphite): inventory number: "I #9266"
Credit Line: Museum Purchase Dedicated to Dr. Paul D. Schweizer in honor of his 25 years of service to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, September 1, 2005
Object number: 2005.23
Label Text
Weir was one of America's most accomplished impressionist painters. This drawing was executed when he was experimenting with the aesthetics of japonisme-the taste for Japanese art and culture that swept America in the 1880s and 1890s. The general flattening of the landscape forms, the composition's high horizon and the short black ink strokes that appear throughout the design all derive from his study of Japanese art. The dots of black ink are reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh's (1853-90) graphic style, which was influenced by Japanese art as well.

February 2006

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