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Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935), Summer Sea, Isles of Shoals, oil on canvas, 1902 Gallery 30B

Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935), Summer Sea, Isles of Shoals, oil on canvas, 1902 Gallery 30B

Like many New England artists and authors, summers for American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam were often spent at Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. But painting wasn’t Hassam’s first job. He was an accountant for a short period before becoming a wood engraver, only painting in his spare time. He would go on to make wood-engraved illustrations for magazines such as Harper’s Weekly and Scribner’s, but he found his Impressionist inspiration after studying painting in Paris. Similar to Monet, Hassam painted outdoors, using expressive and visible brush strokes to capture the fleeting and shifting light, color, and movement of the landscape.


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