Willimantic Thread Factory
Julian Alden Weir
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
The massive building shown here, set within an otherwise rural landscape, was the Willimantic Thread Factory. It was part of a thriving textile industry that was established near Hartford, Connecticut, over the course of the nineteenth century.
Julian Alden Weir’s choice of a factory as his primary subject followed the lead of his French Impressionist mentors, who embraced industry as part of the modern landscape. Weir made no reference to the drudgery of mill labor and the rising worker unrest occurring at the time. Instead, the factory is a benign presence among the town’s bright white houses and church steeples.
Oil on canvas
frame: 37 5/8 x 47 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (95.6 x 120 x 10.8 cm)
24 x 33 5/8 in. (61 x 85.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "J. Alden Weir--93"
John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919). Willimantic Thread Factory, 1893. Oil on canvas, frame: 37 5/8 x 47 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (95.6 x 120 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 16.30 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.30_PS9.jpg)
overall, 16.30_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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