Monday, Apr 7, 2008
The Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site is celebrating this yearâs theme for national Womenâs History Month â Womenâs Art: Womenâs Vision â with a new exhibition of still life paintings and woodblock prints by Dorothy Weir Young. The exhibition is currently on view in the parkâs Burlingham Gallery and will be on view until August 3rd.
Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947) was the second daughter of prominent American artist, Julian Alden Weir. Dorothy showed artistic promise at an early age while studying under her father and keeping sketchbooks that mimicked his observations of the world. The twelve works on view include oil paintings, watercolor paintings and woodblock prints completed in the 1920âs and 1930âs. Dorothyâs devotion to nature and meticulous attention to detail is evident in this collection of colorful still life studies.
Dorothyâs work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy and the Stockbridge Art Association, where she won a Crowninshield Memorial Prize in September, 1933.
In 1931, at the age of 41, Dorothy married well-known sculptor and painter Mahonri Young, grandson of Brigham Young. After their marriage, the couple spent much of their time at Weir Farm. During this period, Dorothy produced numerous works of art that reflect her intense interest in her natural surroundings, including many figurative paintings. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists and Who's Who in American Art in 1940. She is most remembered as the author of her father's biography, The Life and Letters of J. Alden Weir, which was published posthumously by Yale University Press in 1960.
Ridgefield resident, Darla Shaw and long time Weir Farm National Historic Site volunteer, has written a chapter on the women of Weir Farm included in a new book, Remember the Ladies: Notable Women of Ridgefield, published by the Ridgefield Historical Society, to be released this month.