ROBERT W. WEIR AND THE POETRY OF ART
Rediscovered Art to be Shown
in the Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel
Boscobel House & Gardens is honored to announce its 2013 art exhibition, Robert W. Weir and the Poetry of Art. Guest curated by Gary Allen Hood and on display in the Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel beginning Sunday, August 11. This unprecedented showcase will include paintings, drawings and prints on loan from the West Point Museum — many never before displayed in public.
Robert W. Weir (1803-1889) served as the drawing professor at the United States Military Academy for 42 years, 1834-1876, beginning at age 31 and retiring at age 73. Over that time, he taught 1,855 graduates including James McNeill Whistler and Seth Eastman. Art was an important subject for military training as it strengthened observational powers and provided important ways of recording visual information.
A long look at the work of Robert Weir reveals him as a lifelong student of art history who believed that art, poetry and science are interrelated. He spoke of “the poetry of art,” and he taught art as a form of poetry, an evocation of thought and as a science, a paradigm consisting of elements and methodologies commonly used by every artist. From the early Renaissance to the Industrial Age in which he lived, these were European concepts without which a work of art could not be made. Weir applied these paradigms in his own art and taught them, as well.
Robert W. Weir and the Poetry of Art opens at Boscobel August 11, 2013 and will run through November 30, 2013. The exhibition contains 37 pieces of art and is open during regular business hours, Wed-Mon, 10am-5pm (10am-4pm in November.) Admission is FREE with a paid House or Grounds ticket.
Exhibition catalog available for purchase in the Gift Shop at Boscobel. $13.95