The Letter (c1910-c1919). Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919). Oil on canvas. Public collection.
Weir trained from 1873 to 1877 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Leon Gerome, who emphasized the careful observation of detail, precise drawing, and high finish that was challenged by the Impressionists.
By 1891 Weir had reconciled his earlier misgivings about impressionism and adopted the style as his own. His style varied from traditional, vibrant impressionism to a more subdued and shadowy tonalism.