• From Right to Left: Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio

    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

Historical & Environmental Education Reading

View primary and secondary sources about the artists who have called Weir Farm National Historic Site home! Includes readings, works of art, and archival documents - perfect for use by teachers interested in American history, art, and art history!

  • Julian Alden Weir (far right) poses with family in front of the Weir House

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    Historic Resource Study

    A report on park history from 1882 to 2003, including historic artwork and photographs Explore »

  • Weir paints in the open air at his Branchville farm.

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    Julian Alden Weir - An Appreciation of His Life and Works

    Essays on Weir by other prominent American Impressionists and Art Collectors Explore »

  • A mature Julian Alden Weir stands in his studio.

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    Weir Resigns

    Julian Alden Weir Resigns as President of the Association of American Painters & Sculptors Explore »

  • Weir and his wife, Anna Dwight Baker, wrote each other frequently.

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    Weir Correspondence

    Weir's story, as seen through letters to and from the artist himself. Explore »

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    Julian Alden Weir, American Impressionism, and Japonisme

    Describes the influence of Japanese art and culture on Weir and his fellow American Impressionists Explore »

  • An Act to establish Weir Farm National Historic Site in the State of Connecticut

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    Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990

    Full text of Weir Farm National Historic Site's establishing legislation Explore »

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    American Impressionism - Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    American Impressionism - Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    This on-line exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum matches paintings with historical context & critical analysis. The selection of American treasures features Weir Farm regulars prominently, including Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, and Theodore Robinson. Start with Weir's "Upland Pasture" (#50) and continue to discover an array of pieces (each with short descriptions) inspired by classic American scenes.

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    Cultural Landscape Report for Weir Farm National Historic Site, Volume 1: Site History & Existing Conditions

    Cultural Landscape Report for Weir Farm National Historic Site, Volume 1: Site History & Existing Conditions

    Cultural Landscapes are "any lands public or private, large or small, with historic significance (or importance in American history) and historic integrity (or physical authenticity)." Weir Farm National Historic Site's unique history & exemplary integrity make it a dynamic and important landscape for understanding American history and culture. Read this report to learn more!

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    Famous Painters of America by J. Walker McSpadden

    Famous Painters of America by J. Walker McSpadden

    Writing just 3 years before Weir's death, McSpadden deems Weir one of the "Famous Painters of America," alongside his friends and influences James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and more. McSpadden terms Weir the "painter of the personal equation" for his intimate paintings, especially his depictions of domestic rural life at Weir Farm. The author goes on to describe why Weir was famous in life, and in doing so, points to why his story should be preserved.

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    Historic Resource Study

    Historic Resource Study

    This National Park Service report, titled "An Artists' Retreat: J. Alden Weir's Farm in Connecticut," chronicles Weir Farm's history from 1882 to 2003. It includes illustrative historic photographs and artwork. Report authored by Deborah S. Gardner and Christine G. McKay

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    Julian Alden Weir - An Appreciation of His Life and Works

    Julian Alden Weir - An Appreciation of His Life and Works

    "Julian Alden Weir - An Appreciation of His Life and Works" includes essays, stories, and quotes by painters Childe Hassam, Emil Carlsen & Augustus Vincent Tack, art collectors Duncan Phillips & H. de Rassloff, art critic Royal Cortissoz, and writers C.E.S. Wood & J.B. Millet. Weir's art was held in high esteem, but more than that, Weir was well loved by his friends and fellow artists. Many of his friends would visit Weir at his Branchville farm.

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    Julian Alden Weir, American Impressionism, and Japonisme

    Julian Alden Weir, American Impressionism, and Japonisme

    In "Early Collectors of Japanese Prints and the Metropolitan Museum of Art," Julia Meech-Pekarik describes the influence of Japanese prints on American artists in the 1800s. Starting on page 104, the author describes Weir's fascination with this newly discovered art form in-depth. In a time of relative nativism and cross-cultural ignorance, Weir and his fellow American Impressionists saw artistic beauty in cultural cooperation and diversity.

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    Ten American Painters Exhibit Catalog

    Ten American Painters Exhibit Catalog

    The Ten American Painters included America's greatest Impressionists, like Julian Alden Weir & Childe Hassam. Though they began as a fringe group, forced to exhibit together before Impressionism was accepted by the American art establishment, they soon commanded high prices and large crowds for their annual exhibitions. Notice how many pieces each painter sold & their relative values. How do you think fame affected sales prices? How do differently priced pieces compare in quality, if at all?

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    Weir Correspondence

    Weir Correspondence

    Select transcribed letters from the Weir Farm National Historic Site collection and “The Life and Letters of J. Alden Weir” by Dorothy Weir Young. (Yale University Press, 1960). The letters are sorted by subject: "Work and Farm Life" includes letters on the park's dual-use as a artist retreat and a working farm; "Family and Friends" describes how Weir's personal life affected his art; and the letters in "Art and Nature" show how Weir Farm changed the way Americans thought about art.

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    Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990

    Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990

    The full text of Public Law 101-485, the "Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990, as signed by President George H.W. Bush on October 19, 1990. As you read the text, consider the following: -Why is Weir Farm National Historic Site a national park, especially considering the number of New England sites associated with American Impressionism? -What is the National Park Service's mission at Weir Farm National Historic Site?

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    Weir Resigns

    Weir Resigns

    The Association of American Painters & Sculptors was a group of avante-garde young artists who looked to Weir for guidance. As modernists, they, like Weir and other Impressionists years before, were criticized for their shockingly new art style. Weir agreed to lead them as president, but resigned after the group publicly came out against The National Academy of Design, of which Weir was a member. They are famous for introducing Americans to new, modern art forms at the 1913 Armory Show.

Did You Know?

Weir Studio - Photo by Peter Margonelli

Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in both Wilton and Ridgefield, Connecticut. The main house is located in Ridgefield and the visitor center is in Wilton.