Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of an Impressionist Artist—Heaven in New England

Childe Hassam, The Isle of Shoals, 1912, oil on canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

 

Every artist has a special place that moves them deeply, the source of a bounty of works of art. For American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), it was the Isle of Shoals, just off the coast of New Hampshire, where he painted both coastal views (above) and the blossoming flower garden (below) planted by his friend poet Celia Thaxter, who owned a house nearby.

 

Childe Hassam, Lady in a Flower Garden, c. 1890, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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