Sale 12PT02 | Lot 404

Julian Alden Weir

Catalogue: European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art
Julian Alden Weir

Lot Details

Lot 404
Julian Alden Weir
American, 1852-1919
The Two Sisters, circa 1890-1899
Signed J. Alden Weir (cr)
Oil on canvas
50 x 39 1/2 inches

The artist
Vose Galleries, Boston, 1916
Mrs. Marshall Field (Delia Spencer Field, 1855-1937), 1917
Bequeathed to her niece, Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge, 1937
By gift to the Art Institute of Chicago in memory of Abby Louise Spencer Eddy (sister of Delia Spencer Field), 1938
Private collection, New York, 2000

New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Paintings by Ten American Painters, Mar. 15-27, 1915, no. 37 (as Two Sisters).
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Eighth Annual Summer Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, Jun. 2-Sep. 1915, no. 27 (as Two Sisters).
Boston, Vose Galleries, Works by Modern Men, Feb.-Mar., 1916, no. 9 (as The Sisters).
Washington, DC,The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Seventh Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, Dec. 21, 1919-Jan. 25, 1920, no. 167 (as The Sisters, lent by Mrs. Marshall Field).
Buffalo, New York, Albright Art Gallery, Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, May-Sep. 1920, illus.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of J. Alden Weir, Mar. 17-Apr. 20, 1924 (as The Two Sisters), p. 5, pl. 30 illus.
New York, National Academy of Design, Special Exhibition, May 8-Jul. 25, 1939, no. 235 (as Two Sisters).
Chicago, University of Illinois, Dec., 1939.
possibly IL, The Art Institute of Chicago, Fifty-third Chicago Artist's Exhibition, 1953.
Vienna, Kunstforum, Impressionismus: Amerika - Frankreich - Russland (Impressionism: America - France - Russia), Oct. 25, 2002-Feb. 23, 2003, pp. 102 color illus. 103, cat. no. 9.
New York, Spanierman Gallery, LLC, American Masters 1840-1920, Feb. 14-Mar. 22, 2008.

Catalogue of Paintings by the Ten American Painters. Exhi. cat. New York: M. Knoedler & Co, 1915. (no. 37 as Two Sisters).
Arthur Hoeber. "Art and Artists." The Globe and Commercial Advertiser (New York), Mar. 16, 1915, p. 12.
Royal Cortissoz. "New Pictures by the Ten." New York Tribune, Mar. 19, 1915, p. 9.
J[oseph] E[dgar] C[hamberlin]. "The 'Ten American Painters.'" Evening Mail (New York), Mar. 19, 1915, p. 12.
"Art Notes." The Evening Post (New York), Mar. 20, 1915, p. 8.
[Charles de Kay]. "The Pictures Varied in Subject and Execution-The Exhibition of the Ten American Painters." New York Times, Mar. 21, 1915, sec. 1, p. 23.
Charles H. Caffin. "Ten American Painters, at the Knoedler Gallery". New York American, Mar. 22, 1915, p. 9.
"Summer Exhibition of American Painters at Knoedler's," Globe Boston, Jul. 3, 1915.
"American Art at Knoedler's", American Art News (July 15, 1915), v. xiii, no. 34, p. 3.
"Americans at Vose's," American Art News 14, Feb. 26, 1916, no. 21, p. 1 illus. 5.
"Boston," American Art News, Mar. 4, 1916, p. 3.
Seventh Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary Artists. Exhi. cat. Washington, DC: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1919.
Duncan Phillips et al. Julian Alden Weir: An Appreciation of His Life and Works. New York: Century Club, 1921, p. 133.
William Coffin. "Introduction," in Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Julian Alden Weir. Exhi. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1924, p. xviii., no. 30 illus.
Cover, Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 32 (Apr.-May, 1938), p. 58 illus.
The Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report for the Year (1938), p. 10.
National Academy Special Exhibition. exh. cat. New York: National Academy, 1939.
Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection. The Netherlands: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961, p. 480.
Impressionismus: Amerika - Frankreich - Russland (Impressionism: America - France - Russia) . Vienna: Palace Editions, 2002, p. 102 color illus., 103, cat. no. 9.

An important figural work in Weir's oeuvre, The Two Sisters was exhibited by the artist on three occasions, including the Ten American Painters annual of 1915, at which the critic Charles de Kay pronounced it "a masterpiece" for the poetic, imaginative atmosphere that lifted it above the literal level of its neighbors. The painting was shown again in Weir's memorial exhibition in 1924 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it was singled out by the critic William Coffin as one of artist's best portraits, both for its craftsmanship and its lyrical charm. Beyond being an accomplished double portrait, the work is also an intriguing psychological study. Standing so close that ther forms seem to merge, the sisters are dressed in almost identical white muslin dresses with the leg o'mutton sleeves and tight, corseted bodices worn by genteel ladies of their time. Perhaps significantly, this pair, who remained unmarried throughout their lives, also wear curved hair ornaments that may represent the crescent of the virgin goddess Diana. The connection between the two sisters here is more spiritual than physical, and their similarities make us aware of the subtle nature of their differences. Weir's brushwork in this piece incorporates the glazing and modeling techniques of the old masters, thus linking it to a venerable tradition of painting beyond that of his own time.

C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art

Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000
Sold for $31,250 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined. Frame rubbing, with corresponding inpaint. Scattered craquelure throughout, with some touches of inpaint in the craquelure. There are touches of inpaint in the womens faces arms and hands. There is a inpainted and repaired whole in the hand at center, approximately 3/4 x 3/4 of an inch. No further restoration is visible under UV light.

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Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000
Sold for $31,250 (includes buyer's premium)

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