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Julian Alden Weir

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Julian Alden Weir was born on August 30, 1852, in West Point, New York. His father was an artist, as were some of his older siblings, and he was a part of a family of 16 children. Julian Alden Weir also had an interest in art and his family encouraged and helped him in his early life. In 1869, he enrolled in art classes at the National Academy of Design. From 1873 to 1874, he studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with blessings from his father. He traveled around Europe during this time to view art galleries and exhibits. Julian Alden Weir extended his stay in Paris to exhibit at the Paris Salon and study with Jean-Léon Gérôme. Julian Alden Weir returned to New York in 1877 to establish himself as a portrait and still-life painter. He also became a teacher at the Art Students League in New York City, New York. Julian Alden Weir’s style started as Neo-Classical since it was taught within art schools in the 19th century. He saw French Impressionism rising and rejected it at first. As he matured, Julian Alden Weir began to experiment with his art and did etchings and Impressionist landscape art. He found success in showcasing his new art style in small solo exhibitions. His influence grew when he and 9 other artists formed a group called “The Ten.” They exhibited together for about 2 decades and they had the most successful group exhibitions in New York in the early 1900s. Weir got heart disease later in his life and died of it on December 8, 1919.

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