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Weir Farm: Home of An American Impressionist--
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By looking at Weir Farm: Home of An American Impressionist, students learn about Impressionism and the life of J. Alden Weir. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's web pages to view Weir's art work, tour the farm, and learn about Weir's life.

Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail
The Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail provides a guided visit to ten museums boasting some of the finest American Impressionist paintings in the world. The site also details the places where the movement was born, the places where artists lived, and where they created images that linger in the mind.

Online Tour of the History of Impressionism
This on-line tour explores turn of the century France and the interesting concepts that defined the Impressionist art movement.

American Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
Explore the National Gallery of Art's on-line tour to learn about the history of Impressionism in America and to view images by different Impressionist painters.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: The Industrial Revolution
Use the Internet Modern History Sourcebook, created by Paul Halsall at Fordham University, to read a variety primary source materials to learn more about the Industrial Revolution.

PBS The American Experience: America 1900
The American Experience: America 1900 is a companion to the PBS program America 1900. The site is an excellent resource to learn about America during J. Alden Weir's life. The site also provides primary source documents, political cartoons and maps, and the ability to trace one's own family back to 1900.

For Further Reading
Students and educators wishing to learn more about the American Impressionists may want to read: Ulrich W. Hiesinger, Impressionism in America: The Ten American Painters (Munich: Prestel, 1991) or William Gerdts, American Impressionism (New York: Artabras Publishers, 1984). For more specific information on J. Alden Weir, try Dorothy Weir Young, The Life and Letters of J. Alden Weir (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960), Doreen Bolger Burke, J. Alden Weir: An American Impressionist (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1983), or J. Alden Weir: A Place of His Own (Storrs, Connecticut: William Benton Museum of Art, 1991), an exhibit catalog available at the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.


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