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Japanese Iris – Six Varieties - John Ferguson Weir
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John Ferguson Weir
"Japanese Iris – Six Varieties" , ca. 1900
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches
Signed upper left
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John Ferguson Weir was a painter of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes; of these, his floral paintings are perhaps his most expressive works. Scholar Betsy Fahlman writes that:

"These still lifes represent an important advance in John’s stylistic development…, and in them he exhibits a freedom of brushwork combined with a sensuous appreciation of the oil paint medium… Poetic and romantic, they reveal emotional depth."

In this example, Japanese Iris Six Varieties, Weir uses different varieties of the beautiful flower to explore the ranges of white, blue, and purple, which he then offsets with the rich blues and greens of the stalks and vase and in this formal composition he incorporates asymmetries adopted from Japanese art.