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A French Homestead

Julian Alden Weir

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
This early canvas by Julian Alden Weir is a visual homage to the Barbizon School, a group of nineteenth-century French painters who worked in a village of the same name near the Fontainebleau forest on the outskirts of Paris. This style of painting, characterized by a sunlit palette of greens and browns, brushy application of paint, and pastoral depiction of nature, was absorbed by the artist while training abroad between 1873 and 1877. Weir would later embrace Impressionism, along with his close friend and fellow artist John Henry Twachtman, whose work is represented nearby.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1878
DIMENSIONS frame: 27 1/2 x 31 x 2 in. (69.9 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm) 20 1/16 x 23 7/8 in. (51 x 60.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "J. Alden Weir"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 29.1085
CREDIT LINE Gift of Alfred W. Jenkins
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919). A French Homestead, 1878. Oil on canvas, frame: 27 1/2 x 31 x 2 in. (69.9 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alfred W. Jenkins, 29.1085 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.1085_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 29.1085_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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