- With thick strokes of the brush, Weir suggested the textures of porcelain, fruit, and fabric in this complex arrangement of familiar objects. This large still life is unusual for Weir, who preferred landscapes at the time. The canvas was actually painted “to order” for a patron who specified both its size and subject matter.
- In the 1890s Weir helped to form The Ten, a diverse group of artists identified with American Impressionism. Trained as a traditional academic painter, however, he responded less than enthusiastically to his first encounter with Impressionism. In 1877 he famously wrote, “I never in my life saw more horrible things . . . They do not observe drawing nor form but give you an impression of what they call nature.”
M. A. Newhouse and Son in St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Helen Ladd Corbett and the Corbett Family, Portland, Oregon; George Calvert, Indianapolis, Indiana; purchased by the the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1926.