Saturday, November 17, 2012

About Childe Hassam

In order to learn more About Childe Hassam - American Impressionist Painter, I've created a resource site for myself and all those people who'd not heard of him before (see the answer to "Who Painted This? #3" at the end of Who painted this? #4)

Here are a few more of his paintings

The Avenue in the Rain Frederick Childe Hassam 1917
"The Avenue in the Rain" by Childe Hassam
oil on canvas 42 in. x 22.25 in.
Courtesy of The White House Collection, The White House, Washington, D. C.
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This one is owned by the White House and now hangs in the Oval Office following President Obama's replacement of Texas landscapes with rather more traditional White House paintings.

Here's an interesting blog post by Lisa Confetti about the painting patriotic masterpiece hanging in THE OVAL OFFICE
The man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of everyday life around him. Childe Hassam
While I like his urban landscapes a lot, I particularly like the series of paintings of the Isles of Schoals (off New Hampshire).

Childe Hassam - The South Ledges, Appledore - Google Art Project (576052)
The South Ledges, Appledore by Childe Hassam 
oil on canvas, 87cm (34.25 in). Width: 91.8cm (36.13 in)
[Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I'm also naturally pleased to find out that he's a man who used to sketch using coloured pencils!

The Harbor of a Thousand Masts, Gloucester
Frederick Childe Hassam - 1919
25.4 cm (10 in.), Width: 26.67 cm (10.5 in.), Drawing - pencil and pastel on papar
You can view 583 artworks by Childe Hassam on The Atheneum website

So - had you heard of him before?  Will you be investigating him more now you know he's an American Impressionist painter?

2 comments:

kay said...

Yes! I work with textiles, but I was introduced to Childe Hassam in the early 1990s and became almost obsessed with his work. I even took a day cruise to the Isles of Shoals as a result. Thank you for featuring him on your blog.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I got into him after seeing the "Americans in Paris" exhibition at the National Gallery where his paintings absolutely shone like beacons of colour and light on the walls.



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