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Seascape—Isle of Shoals

American Art
painting
Seascape—Isle of Shoals

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Frederick Childe Hassam
American, 1859–1935

Date

1902

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

37.2

Dimensions

29 1/8 x 37 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 305

Description

Childe Hassam returned home after years of study in Paris and embraced American subjects, often painting scenes of New York City or the New England countryside. He painted this seascape outdoors on Maine’s Appledore Island (the Isle of Shoals), a favorite summer resort for the artistic and literary elite.

Diffuse morning light shining through fog presented a challenging visual problem. Hassam varied the size and direction of his brushstrokes to convey perspective as well as a sense of motion in both water and sky.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Friends of Art