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John Henry Twachtman

Artist
Julian Alden Weir, 30 Aug 1852 - 8 Dec 1919
Sitter
John Henry Twachtman, 4 Aug 1853 - 8 Aug 1902
Date
c. 1895
Type
Drawing
Medium
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions
25.2cm x 20.2cm (9 15/16" x 7 15/16"), Image/paper
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.87.236
Exhibition Label
Julian Alden Weir's portrait of John Twachtman, made at the height of their careers, documents the professionally nurturing friendship between these two American impressionists. Weir's drawing-with its dynamic, asymmetrical placement of the figure-demonstrates his admiration for Japanese prints. The spontaneous look of the rapidly sketched lines reflects both impressionist practice and Weir's bond with Twachtman. The two artists lived near one another, taught at the same institutions, and socialized frequently. In 1889 they showed their impressionist-inspired work in a two-person exhibition. Two years later, in a letter to Weir, Twachtman bubbled: "That was a splendid talk we had this evening. . . . I want to tell you how confident I feel. Tomorrow will be a fine day and I wish for lots of canvas and paint to go to work with."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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