AUgust JAmes Weber
(American, 1888 - 1958)
In 1907, at the age of 19, A. J. Weber left to enroll in the Art Academy of Cincinnati. It was James' great good fortune while at the Academy to come under the tutelage of L.H. Meakin, H.H. Wessel, and, most importantly, Frank Duveneck.
His first paintings executed at the Academy were dark and richly colored in traditional European manner, but by his graduation, in 1914, James had already turned his attention away from the past and was looking hard at the innovative European art that was reaching America in the early 20th Century. The influence of Art Nouveau is strongly felt in James' work of this period.
James later explored many different approaches to painting. Impressionism and Post impressionism most dominate among them. The work of Cezanne and Gauguin especially seems to have held his fancy. It was also during this period that James became associated with a group of artists known as the Valley of the Moon Society Painters.
In 1926 James was considered the "Guiding Genius" of the Valley of the Moon Society Painters. It was in the company of these fellow artists that James did his most daring paintings, Expressionist in Nature.