I spent a Saturday morning at the superb North Carolina Museum of Art. I hope to return several times, and to keep adding to a set that will show the range of the collections, the beautifully designed new building, and the outdoor sculpture park and greenway that connect it to North Carolina’s capitol city.
"Though he chafed at being called an impressionist, Childe Hassam was the most accomplished of the American painters influenced by Monet. Many of his most engaging paintings were executed during summer weeks spent on the Isles of Shoals, a group of rocky islands off the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire. This painting conveys Hassam’s quietly rapturous experience of nature. One imagines the artist rising at dawn to carry his canvas, easel and paint box out to the eastern headlands of Appledore Island, there to bear witness to a radient dawn." (From the museum label)
"Frederick Childe Hassam (October 17, 1859 – August 27, 1935) was a prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Along with Mary Cassatt and John Henry Twachtman, Hassam was instrumental in promulgating Impressionism to American collectors, dealers, and museums. He produced over 3,000 paintings, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs over the course of his career, and was an influential American artist of the early 20th century……………………………………
During the summers, he would work in a more typical Impressionist location, such as Appledore Island, the largest of the Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire, then famous for its artist’s colony. Social life on the island revolved around the salon of poetess Celia Thaxter who hosted artists and literary figures. The group was a "jolly, refined, interesting and artistic set of people…like one large family." There Hassam recalled, "I spent some of my pleasantest summers…(and) where I met the best people in the country." Hassam’s subjects for his paintings included Thaxter’s flower garden, the rocky landscape, and some interior scenes rendered with his most impressionistic brush strokes to date. In Impressionist fashion, he applied his colors "perfectly clear out of the tube" to unprimed canvas without pre-mixing. Artists displayed their work in Thaxter’s salon and were exposed to wealthy buyers staying on the island. Thaxter died in 1894, and in tribute Hassam painted her parlor in The Room of Flowers."
Posted by >UGArdener on 2014-03-18 10:21:19