Lot 4000

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Description:

MAX WEYL
AMERICAN, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1837-1914
PICNIC ON THE POTOMAC NEAR HARPER'S FERRY, 1873
Oil on canvas
Lower left signed and dated: M. Weyl 1873

View of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge and Harper's Ferry from the east looking west along the Potomac River.

Catalogue note:
Born in Germany, Max Weyl came to Washington, D.C. in 1861 and established a small jewelry business on 7th Street. He developed an interest in landscape painting and began displaying his work in the windows of his shop. In 1870, Weyl launched his artistic career when he sold a painting to Samuel H. Kauffmann, president of the board of the Corcoran Gallery and publisher of the Evening Star newspaper. Weyl travelled to Europe in 1879, where he was influenced by the French Barbizon school and the Impressionist movement. Upon his return to Washington, D.C., Weyl helped form the Washington Landscape School, encouraging the Barbizon practice of painting "plein-air" among one's natural surroundings. He also became a member of the Society of Washington Artists, winning prizes in 1901 and 1904, and was honored with a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in 1907. First ladies Frances Cleveland and Edith Wilson both purchased paintings by Weyl, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Georgetown University, among others. To honor what would have been Weyl's 100th birthday, the Washington Star published an article with the quote: "To Max Weyl no place was more beautiful and more paintable than Washington and its environs. He was never eager to travel or explore. The Potomac flats, Rock Creek valley, the fields beyond the city limits contained for him all the elements essential to landscape painting."

    Provenance:
  • Private Collection California
  • Dimensions:
  • 18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm.), Frame: 26 5/8 x 38 5/8 in. (67.6 x 98.1 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • MAX WEYL
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Condition:
  • The work is in good condition.
    This work has an old lining.
    The varnish is discolored.
    There is minimal inpaint visible under uv black light.


    For a detailed condition report please request more information.

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