Hudson River School exhibition | Robert Walter Weir | Boscobel

Robert Walter Weir on View at Boscobel

Nina Sangimino | August 7th, 2013 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

Opening August 11 at Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison, New York is an exhibition that examines a new perspective on an important Hudson River School artist. Robert W. Weir and the Poetry of Art, guest curated by Gary Allen Hood, will explore Weir as an artist who sought “the poetry of art” in a display of 37 pieces on loan from the West Point Museum, many of which have never before been displayed to the public.

Weir served as drawing professor at the United States Military Academy for 42 years (one of his best-known students was James McNeill Whistler). Drawing was an important part of the military curriculum as it heightened a soldier’s observational powers and gave him an effective method of recording information. Weir, however, saw art not only as a science with specific methodologies, but also as a form of poetic expression. As a man born into the age of Romanticism, he viewed art, poetry, and science as interrelated. He applied his point of view not only to his own work, but also emphasized it to the nearly 2,000 cadets he taught during his career.

This exhibition, on view through November 30, is a rare opportunity to see a large body of work by this influential landscape artist in a location only a few miles from where he worked. Be sure to make the scenic trip to Boscobel before the show ends the works go back behind closed doors.

Robert Walter Weir, View of the Hudson River, 1864, oil on canvas, West Point Museum

Robert W. Weir, “View of the Hudson River,” 1864, 32 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, West Point Museum Collection, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Nina Sangimino is the Senior Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Nina discovered her love of art in high school drawing and painting classes. She went on to study art history at the University at Albany and earned an MS in the same field from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining Questroyal, Nina was a curatorial apprentice at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York.