Over the years, Weir visited the farm in Branchillve, Connecticut that belonged to his younger half-brother, the artist Julian Alden Weir. A place of respite and inspiration for the brothers and their artist friends, the Branchville farm where this painting was likely done during the 1890s. During his time at Branchville, John often tinkered about the house and grounds, making repairs and reporting his progress to Julian in New York, and became creatively inspired by the tranquility of the place: “I must tell you what pleasant memories I have of the three days at Branchville. Every moment was delightful. It gave me just the impulse I needed in my work. I wish I could have had a month of it, I am sure I could do something. The sketches look pretty well here – contrasted with my other work.”  John came to a lighter impressionist palette later than his brother, but was keen to try something new, writing to his wife: “I am satisfied I must paint in a lighter key. My studio is too dark, brown and dull. I must paint my pictures against a white background, hang up a sheet behind my easel.” 
 Letter from John to Julian, September 30, 1895 (Weir Family Papers, Archives of American Art)
 John Ferguson Weir to Mary French Weir, April 14, 1893 (John F. Weir papers, Archives of American Art, as cited in Weir, by Fahlman, p. 158.)
More information about this painting...
By descent through the artist’s family
Whitney Museum of American Art / 945 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 / Artist: John Ferguson Weir / Title: THE FARM / Date: (blank) Catalogue No. (blank) / Lender: To be returned to / Lender (Rev. + Mrs. Perry) / on 9/6/83 / Exhibition (blank)
- Three American Families: A Tradition of Artistic Pursuit, Whitney Museum of American Art, September 8 – October 26, 1983
- Exhibition of Paintings by John F. Weir 1841-1926, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, May 15 – 31, 1962 (the paintings were lent by the Reverend DeWolf Perry)