Arts Everyday Living: Jewel of American Impressionism– New England Island, Eternal Summer

NEW ENGLAND ISLAND, ETERNAL SUMMER

 

…..there shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.*

Celia Thaxter, poet

 

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Childe Hassam, The Sea, 1892, oil on canvas, Private Collection

American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), like his French counterparts led by Claude Monet, often recreated the luminous light and color of summer. Except his inspiration was mainly within the heart of New England, from the picturesque towns of Connecticut to the scenic ports of Gloucester and Nantucket   Yet, The Sea  (with its unidentified model) was likely done on the island of Appledore, part of the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire. Where Hassam’s friend poet Celia Thaxter regularly hosted a gathering of painters as well as literary figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

*Excerpt from A Grateful Heart by Celia Thaxter.

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