Artwork of the Week: January 2018 (Week 3)
Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), Woods in Snow, c.1895, oil on board, 20 1/16 x 24 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
This lovely winter scene, appropriate for this time of year, was painted by Julian Weir on his Branchville, Connecticut farm likely from the comfort of his “Palace Car,” his mobile studio on runners that allowed him to paint outdoor scenes in all weather. The limited range of color tones was a version of impressionism that many Americans preferred to the bright colors of the French version. Weir’s friend, artist John Twachtman, often painted such “tonal” works. He and Weir frequently painted together in the Connecticut countryside.