Frederick Childe Hassam American 1859-1935
Frederick Childe Hassam
was born in 1859 in
Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1876 he was apprenticed to a
local wood engraver and soon thereafter became a freelance
illustrator. In the evenings he attended the life class at
the Boston Art Club, then briefly studied anatomy with William
Rimmer at the Lowell Institute, and took private lessons from
the German-born painter Ignaz Gaugengigl.
In 1883 Hassam traveled to Great Britain, Holland, Spain,
and Italy, where he produced a large number of watercolors
that were exhibited at the Williams and Everett Gallery in
Boston later that year. Once home, in 1884, Hassam married
Kathleen Maude Doane and lived in Boston until the spring
of 1886, when the couple left for Europe. In Paris, Hassam
studied figure painting with Lucien Dorcet, Gustave Boulanger,
and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian, and
exhibited his work at the Salons of 1887 and 1888. In 1889
the Hassams returned to the United States and settled in New
York. Hassam subsequently assisted in founding the New York
Watercolor Club and joined the Pastel Society of New York.
He also began to exhibit with the Society of American Artists.
In 1897 he was a founder of The Ten.
During the 1890s and the following two decades, Hassam spent
his summers painting throughout New England. His favorite
sites were Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Appledore, on the Isles
of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire, where he produced
some of his best known works.
A prolific and industrious artist, Hassam painted numerous
scenes of both the city and the countryside. Many of his early
street scenes of Boston, Paris, and New York, with their reflections
of wet pavement or of gaslight on the snow, evidenced a talent
for capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.
Throughout his career Hassam garnered numerous awards and
prizes and earned the attention of the collectors George A.
Hearn, John Gellatly, and Charles Freer. His work was widely
exhibited throughout the country, and in the 1913 Armory Show
Hassam was represented by six paintings, five pastels, and
a drawing. About 1915 he turned to printmaking, producing
etchings and drypoints first, and lithographs about two years
later. By 1933 a catalogue raisonné of his intaglio
prints listed 376 different plates. Toward the end of his
life Hassam most often exhibited graphic works. The quality
of his paintings, in the meantime, became increasingly uneven.
Shortly before his death, in East Hampton
in August 1935, he arranged to bequeath all
the paintings remaining in his studio to the
American Academy of Arts and Letters. According
to his wish they were sold to establish a
fund for the purchase of American works to
be donated to museums.
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Hassam, American Impressionist (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
by H. Barbara Weinberg Hardcover: 440 pages Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 11, 2004)
Hassam (1859-1935) was the most zestful of the American impressionists,
and Weinberg, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along
with her expert contributors, covers every facet of Hassam's
life and work in this substantial, gorgeously illustrated volume.
Although Hassam relished the fact that his name sounded Arabian,
he was solidly Anglo-Saxon, and although he studied in Paris
and traveled in Europe, as every serious painter of his generation
did, he was all-American and deliberately painted upbeat scenes
of the cushy lives of the privileged and fashionable. So lovely
and vital are the watercolors, oils, and etchings created by
this purveyor of "cheerful elitism and escapism,"
the astonishingly prolific Hassam became resoundingly successful,
although he did develop a drinking problem and a vehement hatred
of modern art. But there is no evidence of these dark forces
in his shimmering paintings of Boston boulevards, the chic New
York neighborhoods favored by Edith Wharton, and idyllic New
England as Hassam's broad brushstrokes, "dramatic perspective,"
and vibrant colors cohere into works of unabashedly lush and
timeless beauty. Donna Seaman Copyright © American
Library Association. All rights reserved
Childe Hassam: Impressionist by Warren Adelson, Jay
E. Cantor, William H. Gerdts Hardcover, 256 pages (October
1999) Abbeville Press, Inc.
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is considered the preeminent
American Impressionist. He started at the Boston Art School,
learning engraving and illustration, but went to Paris and studied
with Boulanger and Lefebvre before eventually becoming one of
"The Ten," a group of Impressionists. Filled with
rainy or snow-covered city streets, colorful seaside gardens,
patriotic flag-lined avenues, and exquisitely dressed women,
his paintings are unmistakable. The authors of this current
work approach different facets of Hassam and his work: gallerist
Adelson looks at the artist in an international context drawing
connections to Monet and Vuillard; William Gerdts (American
Impressionism) looks at ongoing themes; and art historian Jay
Cantor focuses on the departures of Hassam's later work, nudes,
and East Hampton views. Many of the illustrations are familiar
ones, but the authors gained access to many others in private
collections that are reproduced here for the first time. The
extensive illustrations, 200 in color, are complemented by a
detailed illustrated chronology and extensive bibliography.
Highly recommended as a necessary purchase for serious collections
on American Art. Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited by David
Park Curry Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton
& Company; 1st ed edition (April 2005)
In 1894, writer Celia Thaxter published An Island Garden describing
her rambling cottage garden at Appledore, on the rocky Isles
of Shoals, ten miles off the New Hampshire coast. American Impressionist
Childe Hassam (1859-1935) illustrated her book. As a frequent
visitor to the Shoals, Hassam created a series of oils, watercolors,
and pastels capturing their idyllic serenity. For the first
time, Curry has assembled an exhibition of many of the Shoals
paintings and has written this catalog to "record not only
the beauty of a poet's garden in its glory, but also the flowering
of a young artist's dreams." The text provides welcome
material where little exists, and the brilliant color plates
evoke Hassam's aesthetic philosophy. Recommended for all American
art collections. Joan Levin, Indian Trails P.L.,
Wheeling, Ill.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Prints of Childe Hassam by Childe Hassam, Joseph S.
Czestochowski Paperback: 112 pages Publisher: Dover Publications
(July 1, 2003)
of American Impressionism: Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John
H. Twatchman [and] J. Alden Weir by Brooklyn Museum
Unknown Binding: 43 pages Publisher: Arno Press (1974)
Childe Hassam (Famous Artists Series) by Donelson
F. Hoopes Paperback: 88 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Publications; Reprint edition (July 1988)
Hassam: Impressionist In The West by Margaret E. Bullock,
H. Barbara Weinberg (Foreword) Hardcover: 111 pages Publisher:
Portland Art Museum (January 31, 2005)
The renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam built his
reputation on light-filled images depicting the streets of New
York and New England's coastal resorts. He was also known as
a consummate traveler who delighted in discovering and painting
new scenes and unfamiliar landscapes. In 1904 and 1908, Hassam
traveled west, visiting Oregon and the surrounding region. He
was captivated by the beauty of the Northwest landscape: its
rocky coast, lush valleys, forested mountains, and stark high
deserts. During his sojourns in the West, he painted at least
sixty images ranging from portraits and still lifes to landscapes
and seascapes in oil, watercolor, and pastel.
Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West explores this
significant, but little known, body of work in the context of
the artist's entire oeuvre and larger developments in modern
art at the turn of the century. This richly illustrated book
investigates how Hassam's images of the West mirror a number
of his personal and professional concerns; provides insights
into technical aspects of his work, which he tended to adapt
to the subject and circumstances at hand; and looks at how the
West appealed to the artist's broader interests and concerns,
such as his desire to create an art that was purely American
in both content and style. Contributing an important chapter
to the scholarship on Hassam and American Impressionism, the
book includes an engaging essay by Margaret E. Bullock as well
as a working catalogue of Hassam's western works known to date.
Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West offers a lucid and
in-depth look at this intriguing interlude in Hassam's career
and the remarkable works that resulted.
Childe Hassam in Connecticut by Kathleen M. Burnside,
Lyme Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum Unknown
Binding: 32 pages Publisher: Lyme Historical Society, Florence
Griswold Museum (1987)
Childe Hassam: American Impressionist by Ulrich
W. Hiesinger Paperback, 192 pages (September 1999) International
Book Import Service, Inc.
Childe Hassam has long been recognized as America's foremost
Impressionist painter, yet the sheer size and variety of his
output have hindered a full appreciation of his work. The present
volume seeks to remedy this by offering, for the first time,
a comprehensive survey of the artist's career. That career began
in his native Boston, where he worked as an illustrator and
a watercolor painter. Hassam absorbed the principles of Impressionism
during three crucial years spent in Paris in the mid-1880s.
Largely self-taught, he emerged from his stay a brilliant colorist
with a style uniquely his own.
Childe Hassam, 1859-1935 Paperback: 15 pages Publisher:
Spanierman Gallery (December 1988)
This catalogue includes a short biography of the important American
Impressionist Childe Hassam and eight sumptuous fold out color
Childe Hassam's New York (The Essential Paintings) by
Ilene Susan Fort Hardcover, 88 pages, Published by Pomegranate,
Ninety-Four Prints by Childe Hassam by Childe Hassam
Paperback, Published by Dover Pubns, June 1980, 64 black
& white plates
An Island Garden (Box Set) by Childe Hassam, Celia
L. Thaxter Hardcover, 126 pages Boxed edition (November
1, 1988) Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Written by a New England poet and illustrated by one of America's
greatest Impressionist painters, the book was originally published
in 1894. This reissue faithfully reproduces the original paintings
and is presented in an elegant slip-cased gift edition.
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