In 1882, Weir acquired a farm in Branchville, Connecticut, and began his foray into landscape. His palette brightened and he began producing more landscapes and outdoor figure studies, less formal in structure, and often using the grounds and environs of his Branchville farm as inspiration. The Farm at Branchville dates from this transitional point in Weir's career, a change initially sparked by the French Impressionists' 1886 New York exhibition but more earnestly pursued as a result of his close friendship with John H. Twachtman, with whom Weir would exhibit in 1889 and again in 1893. These exhibitions would soon establish them as leading exponents of the American Impressionist movement.
This work is framed in a period frame, likely the original.
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By descent through the family of the artist
- (top stretcher, in pencil) J. Alden Weir
- (left stretcher, in pencil) [illegible] / Summer / Day
- (on frame) Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, Washington, DC, with Number: #1011, Title: “Farm Scene at Branchville Conn. 1890,” Artist: J. Alden Weir, Lender: Rev. & Mrs. DeWolf Perry
- (on frame) Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, NY, with Loan No.: 121.1984, Artist: J. Alden Weir, Title/Date: Farm Scene, Branchville, Exhibition: Shock of Modernism, Date of Exhibition: 4/29 – 7/29, 1984, Source: Reverend DeWolf Perry
The Shock of Modernism in America: The Eight and Artists of the Armory Show, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, New York, April 29 – July 29, 1984