The Bastion, Menton, Côte d'Azur, by Twilight
Oil on canvas laid on board; signed
13 x 22 inches
'Paintings and Drawings by Eminent Artists', Wroxham Gallery, Norfolk, possibly 1954
Van der Weyden was born in Boston and won a scholarship to the Slade School in London at the age of 19. He then studied at the Académie Julien in Paris in 1890–91, one of a number of American artists living and working in Paris, including Sargent, Whistler, Cassatt and Homer. He exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1900, which the New York Times described as ‘unquestionably the finest collection of works by American artists that ever before has been brought together’. Van der Weyden was seconded to the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of the World War I and put his artistic skills to work as a camouflage officer. His house at Montreuil, in Allied territory, became something of a home from home to British officers from Haig’s GHQ. After the war he moved his studio to London, but travelled often to Italy and France, particularly to the Côte d’Azur, where this group of pictures were painted. His colours glow in the Mediterranean light, bright against the dark green shadows of the Alpes-Maritimes.