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American Impressionist

Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals

John W. Coffey (Editor), Kathleen Burnside (Contributions by), Austen Barron Bailly (Editor), Austen Barron Bailly (Contributions by), Hal Weeks (Contributions by), John W. Coffey (Contributions by), Alexandra de Steiguer (Contributions by)


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An exploration of the fascinating connections between the Isles of Shoals and the beautiful paintings that Childe Hassam created there

Childe Hassam (1859–1935) was the foremost American impressionist of his generation. Prolific in oil paintings and watercolors, he found his native New England to be a touchstone for his art. Hassam had a fascination with Appledore, the largest island of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, and he traveled there almost every summer for thirty years.

This fascinating book traces Hassam’s artistic exploration of Appledore and reveals a complex portrait of the island created over time. John W. Coffey, working with the marine biologist Hal Weeks, revisits Hassam’s painting sites, identifying where, what, and how the artist painted on the island. Kathleen M. Burnside considers the range of the artist's stylistic responses to the island's nature. A photo essay by Alexandra de Steiguer reveals Appledore’s enduring beauty.

Praise For American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals

“A superb catalogue . . . with a number of excellent essays.”—Nicholas Basbanes, Fine Books and Collections
— Nicholas Basbanes

“Fascinating . . . captivating . . . gorgeous . . . [with] numerous in-depth essays, beautiful plates of all the works, a helpful selection of further readings and an index . . . a book that is useful as well as a delight to the eye.”—Anne Kugielsky, Antiques and the Arts Weekly
— Anne Kugielsky

Peabody Essex Museum, 9780300217315, 124pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

About the Author

Austen Barron Bailly is The George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum. John W. Coffey is deputy director and curator of American and modern art, North Carolina Museum of Art.