The Art History of Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut and “The Gate, Weir Farm”

The Gate, Weir Farm

"The Gate, Weir Farm"

The Weir Farm, Wilton, CT

The Weir Farm, Wilton, CT

Julian Alden Weir, an American Painter, (1852-1919) helped found The Ten American Painters. Two of his friends Childe Hassam and John Twachtman also were involved setting up this group. J. Alden Weir’s home (the farm) was a place that the artists congregated at and created their art in a quiet and peaceful environment.

The farm is located in Wilton, Connecticut and is part of the National Park Service, and is the only National Park devoted to American painting. Many artists come here to contemplate and create their masterpieces, and Dan is one of them. It is a favorite place of his to set up his easel or to photograph and finish the piece in his studio. It is a beautiful and pastoral site-you leave the stress and noise of this century behind as you enter the property, and you can sense the artistic expression that took place here and is still happening!

Dan was walking on the road, by the farm, checking out sites looking for a scene that is inspiring him-talking to him so to speak. And as he looked down the path through the gate, he liked the way your eye took you through the gate into the two connecting fields and out to the woods-good flow or good composition.  And spring was bursting out all over. This was definitely the painting to end up on his canvas-no usage of the palette knife with this painting; just heavy on-lay of paint.

“The Gate, Weir Farm” is on display and for sale at The Gilded Lily, River Street, Milford, CT or you can always contact us through the website. Please feel free to contact us with questions-happy to answer and comments are always welcome.

Have a good one and take care…

Dan (the artist) and Nancy (the blogger)

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