Image: White Oaks
(West Point, New York, 1852 - 1919, New York)

White Oaks , 1913

Oil on fabric
30 in. x 25 1/4 in. (76.2 cm x 64.14 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
Weir made this painting near the Windham, Connecticut home owned by his in-laws.  Early in his career, he worked in an old master style.  In the 1880s, he adopted the energetic brushwork of the impressionists because it allowed him to express the vital life force he perceived in nature.  He reminisced: “I had been trying to see through the eyes of greater artists, trying to render things I did not see, and so I was unable to get at the things that really existed.”
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