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Artwork - Weir Period
Son of Robert Walter Weir and Susan Baynard Weir, Julian Alden Weir would formally study art at the National Academy of Design (New York) & Les Ecole Beaux Arts (Paris) before settling in New York City. Julian bought 153-acres of property in Branchville, CT in 1882 and began the artistic legacy here at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Julian Alden Weir, Portrait of Albert P. Ryder, ca. 1887 - 1893. drypoint on paper plate: 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 13.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of Brigham Young University. 1972.84.110
Known as "Pinky" to his friend Julian Alden Weir, Albert Ryder was a reclusive American painter known for his magical, romantic, and symbolic imagery. Although he was more at home in the city, "Pinky" did venture to Branchville enough for Julian to describe the first floor guest room as the "Ryder Room."
Julian Alden Weir befriended John Singer Sargent while studying in Paris in 1874. Reflecting on his first meeting with Sargent, Weir commented, "Such men wake one up, and his principles are equal to his talents, I hope to have his friendship..." Sargent became the foremost portraitist of his generation, but always made the time to visit his old friend at Weir Farm.
One of Julian's 15 siblings, John and his family would frequently stay at the Weir House in Branchville when Julian and his family were away for the summer. John was a painter, a sculptor, and also served as the first director of the Yale University School of Fine Arts.
Did You Know?
The Land of Nod was the name given to his property, now preserved as Weir Farm National Historic Site, by Julian Alden Weir and his artist friends. Both Weir and Childe Hassam used the phrase to title works that were inspired by the local landscape.