Childe Hassam: American Impressionist Painter

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Artist Childe Hassam

Childe Hassam (1859-1935) was a pioneer of American Impressionist painting, his work characterized by its attentive accuracy in depicting light. Though he found solace in the countryside and retreated there often, he became well-known for his representations of urban places, particularly New York City – a departure from the more conventional impressionist tendency to draw upon landscapes as subject matter.

While his cityscapes capture bustling turn-of-the-century environments with color precision, the work Hassam produced during his stays in more rural areas illustrates the charm of the country well. During a series of trips to the Isles of Shoals, located just east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Hassam painted scenes from the secluded resort – several of which belong in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and are currently on display. A favorite vacation spot for Hassam, the paintings he produced on the Isles account for nearly 10% of his body of work.

Childe Hassam

Isle of Shoals painting by Childe Hassam

There’s no doubt Childe Hassam mastered the formula for garnering public appreciation: “The man who will go down to posterity,” he noted, “is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of every-day life around him” (Source).  A prolific artist producing over 2,000 oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and illustrations that portrayed common subject matters, Hassam received both acclaim from the art world and commercial success – a rare combination to come by.

Ackerman’s Fine Art is actively purchasing works by Childe Hassam.  Kenny Ackerman is an Art Dealer in New York, specializing in Fine Art Paintings from 19th-21st century Europe and America. To buy or sell original paintings by artists we represent, contact Ackerman’s Fine Art here.

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