The Red Bridge

Artist: Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York)

Date: 1895

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 1/4 x 33 3/4 in. (61.6 x 85.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John A. Rutherfurd, 1914

Accession Number: 14.141


After seeing the 1877 French Impressionist exhibition in Paris, Weir grumbled that it was “worse than the Chamber of Horrors.” Much later, working in the Connecticut countryside under the influence of friends such as Theodore Robinson and inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, he converted to Impressionism. In this canvas, he captured the severe industrial form of a new iron truss bridge, covered with red priming paint, over the Shetucket River in Windham. The fundamentally solid forms and restrained veneer of broken brushwork epitomize Weir’s conservative brand of Impressionism.