Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), In the Sun, 1899, Oil on Canvas, 33 15/16 x 26 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of Mahonri M. Young Estate.
Weir portrays his nine-year-old daughter Dorothy in a charming light-filled landscape. This joyful painting encourages us to look forward to the warming sun of Spring and Summer, when the Earth will feel fresh and renewed, as full of color and light as this beautiful young woman. As Dorothy grew, she followed her father in becoming a talented artist. Perhaps happy times such as this outing with her father inspired her to carry on the family tradition of making art.