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    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

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Visitors entering the Burlingham House Visitor Center
Photo by Alex Von Kleydorff
 
Dmitri Wright, 'Weir Farm Cassie's Day', 2013, oil on canvas

Rotating Exhibit

Rotating art and history exhibitions can be explored in the Burlingham House Visitor Center during regular operating hours throughout the year.

Current Exhibit: Impressions of Spring Works by Dmitri Wright

Through October 2013, contemporary Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright will display his plein air experiences in an exhibition of oils on canvas and works on paper. The exhibition includes pieces directly inspired by the Spring the landscape at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Want to learn more? Visit the artist's website at www.dmitriwright.com or attend a free gallery talk! Dmitri Wright will discuss the challenges and rewards of plein air painting and the history and future of American Impressionism during 3 gallery talks at Weir Farm National Historic Site - see the event schedule for details! Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (203) 834-1896 ext. 28.

Impressions of Light can be viewed in the Burlingham House Visitor Center, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m through October 2013. Don't miss this unique experience!

 
J. Alden Weir painting outside the Weir House.

Julian Alden Weir standing outside of his home in Branchville

National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site

Permanent Exhibit

Stop by the Burlingham House Visitor Center to view the exhibit that pertains to the artists who lived and worked at Weir Farm.

The exhibit traces the life, family, and legacy of Julian Alden Weir, one of the pioneers of American Impressionism; it examines Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young and their experiences living and working on the farm; and covers the preservation efforts of the last artists to live on the farm, Doris and Sperry Andrews. A slide show containing images of dozens of pieces of artwork by Julian Alden Weir, Robert Walter Weir, Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Theodore Robinson, Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young, Sperry Andrews, Doris Andrews, and many others runs on a constant loop.

There are three original works of art on display -- an award-winning painting by Julian Alden Weir (The Truants), a sculpture by Mahonri Young (Enzo Fiermonte), and a forest scene by Sperry Andrews (Weir Preserve).

 
Visitors watching the 13-minute introductory film, "Legacy of a Landscape."

Visitors watching the 13-minute introductory film, "Legacy of a Landscape."

Photo by Alex Von Kleydorff

Introductory Film: "Legacy of a Landscape"

Visitors may view the 13-minute film, Legacy of Landscape, during regular visitor center hours. The film offers a helpful introduction to Weir Farm National Historic Site, and is highly recommended for first-time visitors to the park. Learn about Julian Alden Weir's artistic transformation from an academically trained portrait/still-life painter to one of the pioneers of American Impressionism, and how the landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site was integral to that process. The film also examines the roles of Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young, Doris Andrews, and Sperry Andrews in preserving Weir's artistic legacy and his Branchville farm. There are no scheduled showing times for the film -- just ask the park ranger at the Burlingham House Visitor Center desk to start it!

Did You Know?

Weir Studio - Photo by Peter Margonelli

Weir Farm National Historic Site is the only National Park Service Site dedicated to American Painting.