Edwin Lord Weeks (1849 – 1903) was an american artist distinguished as a painter of oriental scenes. Well he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1849. Weeks’ parents were affluent spice and tea merchants from Newton, a suburb of Boston and as such they were able to accept, probably encourage, and certainly finance their son’s youthful interest in painting and travelling. As a young man Edwin Lord Weeks visited the Florida Keys to draw and also travelled to Surinam in South America. His earliest known paintings date from 1867 when Weeks was eighteen years old, although it is not until his Landscape with Blue Heron, dated 1871 and painted in the Everglades, that Weeks started to exhibit a dexterity of technique and eye for composition—presumably having taken professional tuition.
He relocated to Europe in 1872, and studied in Paris, where he was a pupil of Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme. He made many voyages to the East, and was distinguished as a painter of oriental scenes.
In 1895, he wrote and illustrated a book of travels, From the Black Sea through Persia and India, and two years later he published Episodes of Mountaineering. He died in November 1903. He was a member of the Légion d’honneur, France, an officer of the Order of St. Michael, Germany, and a member of the Secession, Munich.
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