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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / France      Known for: portrait, sea-landscape and genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Largely associated with the turn-of-the-century artistic life of Paris and London, Harry Van der Weyden, although born in Boston (8 September 1868), was not a product of the Boston School.  Instead, he won a scholarship to study in the Slade School in London when he was nineteen.  Perhaps the painter was distantly related to the Flemish Old Master Rogier van der Weyden.  

At any rate, he spent the 1890-91 school year at the Académie Julian in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens, Benjamin Constant, and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre.  Then at the 1891 Salon he exhibited two landscapes.  That year he was also at Etaples.  Recent research on the painter by Jean-Claude Lesage (2007) reveals that Van der Weyden associated with Max Bohm and Irving Couse.  Van der Weyden established a residence at Montreuil-sur-Mer, fifteen kilometers from Etaples, a short drive in his fancy Phaeton convertible.  While at Montreuil, his family grew, and he was an important member of the artists colony there.  Lesage regards Van der Weyden as one of the most distinguished artists at Montreuil, “and among American painters in Pas-de-Calais, the one who practiced impressionist painting in a most affirming manner.”

Van der Weyden exhibited regularly in Paris in both Salons, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago (1896-1913), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1901-09).  At the World’s Columbian Exposition, he exhibited a Dutch subject, Katwijk Herring Boats and in 1900, won a bronze medal at the Paris Universal Exposition for Calm and The Hillside (all unlocated).  The Shepherd, illustrated in the catalogue of the Anglo-American Exposition in 1914, acknowledges impressionism with its plein-air feeling, strong lighting effects, the “accidental” composition, and the high horizon line. 

During World War I, the artist worked with the Royal Engineers as a camouflage officer (1916-18).  Some of his landscapes are essentially tonalist, recalling Birge Harrison’s paintings.  Most of Van der Weyden’s paintings are in private collections but the Museum of Montreuil-sur-Mer has The End of the Day, Shepherd, and Little River at Neuville-sous-MontreuilPortrait of a Young Boy is in the Blérancourt Museum.

Van der Weyden died in London in 1952.

H.F., “Studio Talk,” International Studio 22 (1904): 349; Grimsditch, Herbert B., “Mr. Harry Van der Weyden,” International Studio 94 (July 1927): 10-16; Revisiting the White City: American Art at the 1893 World’s Fair. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1993, p. 335; Lesage, Jean-Claude, Peintres Américains en Pas-de-Calais: La colonie d’Étaples. Saint-Josse-sur-Mer: The Author, 2007, pp. 157-160, 213-214.

Submitted by Richard H. Love and Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D.

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