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Max Weyl (American, 1837 - 1914) The Fence

Oil on canvas, 26.5 x 34.5 inches/Signed lower right

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sold Max Weyl's "The Fence": A 19th Century Masterpiece

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Weyl emigrated from Germany to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1853 and in 1861 moved to Washington, D.C., where he opened a jewelry store. Not trained as an artist, Weyl started painting flowers and still-lifes only as a hobby. He began displaying his artwork in the window of his jewelry store. As fate would have it, Samuel Kauffmann, president of the board of trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and publisher of the “Evening Star” newspaper, brought his watch to Weyl for repair. He was taken with Weyl’s displayed artwork and bought a small landscape.

Weyl’s reputation grew and he drew many Washington, D.C. patrons. Francis Cleveland, wife of U.S. President Grover Cleveland and Ellen Wilson, 1st wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson bought Weyl’s landscapes for the Whitehouse. Georgetown University, the Virginian Military Institute, Kiplingers Washington Editors and the Cosmos Club also purchased Weyl’s paintings.

In 1879, Weyl travelled to Europe to study art in Munich, Paris, Vienna and Venice. Following his return he, with other area artists, founded the Washington Landscape School. He is best known for his paintings of the Rock Creek valley (now Rock Creek Park), near Washington, D.C.), and the tidal marshes of the Potomac River valley. Weyl’s early paintings illustrate the influence of the Hudson River School, while his later works illustrate the influence of the French Barbizon School and became known as the “Daubigny of America”. During the late 1890s until his death in 1914, his style was influenced by American landscapist, George Inness.

Weyl exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Brooklyn Artist’s Association, American Galleries, Boston Art Club, Society of Washington Artist, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery annuals/biennials, National Museum of American Art.

He was a Member of the Society of Washington artists (president), Washington Watercolor Club, Washington Art Club (founding member). On Weyl’s 70th birthday, the Corcoran Gallery held a retrospective exhibit in his honor, saying of him, From the standpoint of art you have contributed works of genius that will stand for all time, while your bearing as a man, citizen and friend has been of that modest and yet far-reaching character that wins the love and retains the esteem of those with whom you have come in contact. His paintings are exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C.

High auction record for this artist: $53,975.

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