Title: Isle of Shoals
Artist: Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Have you ever thought of living on an island? Way beyond land, only reached by boat, across miles of water. Surrounded by the ocean, source of both beauty and destruction. Although in Isle of Shoals above by American Impressionist Childe Hassam, the sea is at its most peaceful. Barely the ripple of a wave is visible, the surface serene and calm.
The main movement is actually of the flowers on the shore as the wind tosses the vibrant red and pink display of poppies in the foreground. Up close, a mass of thick brushstrokes, typical of Hassam’s technique, contrasting to the overall smoother texture of the rocks.
Who planted this garden on Appledore, part of the Isle of Shoals? Discover the answer on Thursday.
COMING NEXT: THE POET OF APPLEDORE
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