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About Childe Hassam - American Impressionist Painter

Updated on November 8, 2014
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Katherine has researched and written about many American and Australian Artists - both past and present

Crop of a Self Portrait by Childe Hassam
Crop of a Self Portrait by Childe Hassam | Source

Find out about Childe Hassam

Find out about Childe Hassam - American Impressionist painter:

  • his life and influences;
  • his urban landscapes and seascapes - including the his paintings of the Isles of Schoals
  • his paintings of flags

Plus information about where you can see his paintings in art galleries and museums and links to

  • online sites about him and his art.
  • books and videos about him and his art

The man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of every-day

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
Childe Hassam, American Impressionist (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)

Hardcover: 440 pagesPublisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 11, 2004)

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 6 customer reviews on Amazon

 

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist - a biography

Did you know that, after John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, there are more paintings, drawings and prints by Childe Hassam in the Metropolitan Museum of Art than any other American Impressionist painter?

Childe Hassam was a pioneer of American Impressionism.

This is a comprehensive and authoritative biography of Childe Hassam with very many splendid images.

It was written as the catalogue for Childe Hassam, American Impressionist - the highly rated exhibition of his artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004 .

Written by the Curator of the Exhibition - this is the book which provides the most comprehensive introduction to Childe Hassam and answers most of the questions about his work.

The life of Childe Hassam

By Unknown (Bain News Service, publisher) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Born: 17 October 1859, Dorchester, Masschusetts and named Frederick Childe Hassam

Died: 27 August 1935, East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Initially studied the art of wood engraving and found employment as a wood engraver.

1879 - started to paint in oils

1880 - met Celia Thaxter

1882 - becomes a free-lance illustrator

1883 - first solo exhibition

1883 - travelled to Europe to study art and visited the UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain and painted watercolours of the places they visited. He also studied the work of Master Painters such as Turner.

1884 - Married Kathleen Maude Doane.

1884 - Second Exhibition comprised 67 watercolours from his European trip

1884 - persuaded to drop his first name by his friend Celia Thaxter

1886 - starts to paint in watercolour on the Isles of Schoals

between 1890 and 1920 - formed the Cos Cob Art Colony near Greenwich, Connecticut, with John Henry Twachtman, (1853 - 1902) and Julian Alden Weir, (1852 - 1919) .

mid 1890s onwards- frequent summer excursions along the New England coast to Gloucester, Massachusetts; Cos Cob, Connecticut; and Old Lyme, Connecticut;

1896 - first major one-man auction

1896 - visit to Europe

1897 - helped to form The Ten - american impressionist painters which split off from the Society of American Artists. They held annual exhibitions for 20 years.

1900 - visited Provincetown, Massachusetts

1909 - earning $6k for a painting

1910 - 1920 - Hassam painted 'window paintings' which were very popular

1913 - displayed six paintings at the landmark Armory Show

1915 - revived interest in etchings and lithography

1916 - began his series of 30 paintings known as the "flag paintings" - some of which were donated to support the war effort. One of these now hangs in The Oval Office.

1919 - purchased a house for the summer in East Hampton, Long Island, New York (where he died in 1935)

1920s - received numerous awards and travelled a lot less

His output of artworks included

* more than 2,000 oils, watercolors, pastels, and illustrations

* more than 400 etchings and fine art prints

* his main focus was on paintings of urban areas such as Boston, and New York City, seascapes of the New England coastline

* His series paintings related to the Isle of Schoals, paintings of views through windows and flag paintings

* Hassam studied art in Paris and was said to paint like Monet but apparently denied that Monet was an influence on his approach to painting

Interest in his work waned following his death and the rise of new art movements. He was "rediscovered" in the 1960s following a revival of interest in American Impressionism

"The Avenue in the Rain," by the American painter Childe Hassam.  oil on canvas, 42 in. x 22.25 in. Courtesy of The White House Collection, The White House, Washington, D. C.
"The Avenue in the Rain," by the American painter Childe Hassam. oil on canvas, 42 in. x 22.25 in. Courtesy of The White House Collection, The White House, Washington, D. C. | Source

VIDEO: Childe Hassam paintings

I recommend viewing this wonderful collection of paintings by Frederick Childe Hassam(October 17, 1859 -- August 27, 1935) in full screen as this is an HD video

Displayed to the accompaniment of Max Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor op 26 1 Movement played by Kyung Wha Chung

Childe Hassam and the Isle of Schoals

The Isles of Shoals are nine small, rocky and treeless islands which used to support a vigorous economy based on fishing and shipping.

Hassam started to paint in watercolour on the Isle of Schoals - the home of his friend Celia Thaxter - in 1886. Between the late 1880s and 1915, Childe Hassam paid repeated visits to the Isle of Schoals, off the coast of New Hampshire, which had become a place which was popular with American artists and writers. Over time he painted a series of oils, watercolors, and pastels capturing their specific sense of place.

There are two groups of paintings:

  • paintings done between 1890 and 1894 (the year of Thaxter's death)
  • paintings from 1899 to 1916, during which time he made numerous visits to the island.

Isles of Shoals Map
Isles of Shoals Map | Source
'Isles of Shoals, Broad Cove'  (1911) oil on canvas painting by Childe Hassam
'Isles of Shoals, Broad Cove' (1911) oil on canvas painting by Childe Hassam | Source

Childe Hassam and Celia Thaxter's Garden

One of the places he painted was Celia Thaxter's old-fashioned garden of flowers grown for cutting on Appledore which inspired many paintings - in both watercolour and oils. It must have been a welcome summer contrast to his paintings of urban scenes painted during the rest of the year

Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine, (1890) - oil painting by Childe Hassam
Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine, (1890) - oil painting by Childe Hassam | Source
Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited
Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited

Hardcover: 208 pagesPublisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (April 17, 2005)

 

BOOKS: Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited

The background and the images associated with Childe Hassam's series of paintings related to Celia Thaxter's Gardens and the Isle of Schoals - off the New Hampshire coast

He illustrated "An Island Garden" for Celia Thaxter in 1894. The book described her rambling cottage garden at Appledore. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition which assembled many of the Shoals paintings - to "record not only the beauty of a poet's garden in its glory, but also the flowering of a young artist's dreams."

Rainy Day, Boston (1995) by Childe Hassam
Rainy Day, Boston (1995) by Childe Hassam | Source

VIDEO: WNET's Picturing America: Allies Day May 1917; Childe Hassam (1917)

This video is from the series "Picturing America." a production from WNET. It tells the story of Allies Day, May 1917, a painting by Childe Hassam.

Flag Paintings by Childe Hassam

Hassam is well known for his flag paintings.

During World War I, New York's Fifth Avenue was decorated as "the Avenue of the Allies" and Hassam painted it

Avenue of the Allies, 5th Avenue, New York, 1917 by Childe Hassam
Avenue of the Allies, 5th Avenue, New York, 1917 by Childe Hassam | Source
Allies Day, May 1917 by Childe Hassam. Hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C
Allies Day, May 1917 by Childe Hassam. Hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C | Source

Exhibitions of artwork by Childe Hassam

Late Afternoon, New York, Winter (1900) by Childe Hassam [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I first saw paintings by Childe Hassam when the "Americans in Paris" exhibition came to the National Gallery of Art in London

This is a list of the 19 solo shows following his death - from which it can be seen that he enjoyed a much higher profile in the last three decades than at any other time since his death

2011

Childe Hassam - Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN

2010

Childe Hassam: American Impressionist Prints From The Fia's Collection - Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

2004

Childe Hassam - Impressionist in the West - Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Childe Hassam and the Great War - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

Childe Hassam - American Impressionist - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

Childe Hassam and Connecticut Impressionism - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

2003

Childe Hassam: Ode to the Isles of Shoals - Adelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY

Portraits of Places - The Prints of Childe Hassam, an American Impressionist - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

2001

Impressionism in Print: Etchings and Lithographs by Childe Hassam - Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA

1999

Childe Hassam: An American Impressionist - Adelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY

1990

Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1989 - The flag paintings of Childe Hassam - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

1988

The flag paintings of Childe Hassam - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1984

Childe Hassam Prints - The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

1981

Childe Hassam - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1977

Childe Hassam as printmaker - a selection in various media - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

1965

Childe Hassam - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1929

Exhibition of a retrospective group of paintings representative of the life work of Childe Hassam - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Childe Hassam: Impressionist
Childe Hassam: Impressionist

Hardcover: 256 pagesPublisher: Abbeville Press; annotated edition edition (October 15, 1999)

 

BOOK: Childe Hassam: Impressionist

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 7 customer reviews on Amazon

This book celebrates Childe Hassam's career as an American Impressionist. Illustrated with color reproductions that represent all of Hassam's styles, the volume concludes with an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography.

The Concord Meadow (c. 1891) by Childe Hassam pastel and gouache on canvas; 45.72 × 56.21 cm (18 × 22.1 in)
The Concord Meadow (c. 1891) by Childe Hassam pastel and gouache on canvas; 45.72 × 56.21 cm (18 × 22.1 in) | Source
Summer Sunlight (Isles of Shoals) by Childe Hassam oil on canvas (1892)
Summer Sunlight (Isles of Shoals) by Childe Hassam oil on canvas (1892) | Source
Childe Hassam's painting Poppies, Isles of Shoals, (1891). Hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Childe Hassam's painting Poppies, Isles of Shoals, (1891). Hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. | Source
American Impressionism, 2nd Edition
American Impressionism, 2nd Edition

Hardcover: 368 pagesPublisher: Abbeville Press; Second Edition edition (September 1, 2001)

 

American Impressionism, 2nd Edition - by William H. Gerdts

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

A highly regarded overview of American Impressionism by Professor William H. Gerdts

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      mosaic-tiles 4 years ago

      These paintings are great looking.

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