Frederick Childe Hassam – American 1859-1935

Frederick Childe Hassam Frederick Childe Hassam was born in 1859 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1876 he was apprenticed to a local wood engraver and soon thereafter became a freelance illustrator. In the evenings he attended the life class at the Boston Art Club, then briefly studied anatomy with William Rimmer at the Lowell Institute, and took private lessons from the German-born painter Ignaz Gaugengigl.

In 1883 Hassam traveled to Great Britain, Holland, Spain, and Italy, where he produced a large number of watercolors that were exhibited at the Williams and Everett Gallery in Boston later that year. Once home, in 1884, Hassam married Kathleen Maude Doane and lived in Boston until the spring of 1886, when the couple left for Europe. In Paris, Hassam studied figure painting with Lucien Dorcet, Gustave Boulanger, and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian, and exhibited his work at the Salons of 1887 and 1888. In 1889 the Hassams returned to the United States and settled in New York. Hassam subsequently assisted in founding the New York Watercolor Club and joined the Pastel Society of New York. He also began to exhibit with the Society of American Artists. In 1897 he was a founder of The Ten.

During the 1890s and the following two decades, Hassam spent his summers painting throughout New England. His favorite sites were Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Appledore, on the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire, where he produced some of his best known works.

Frederick Childe HassamA prolific and industrious artist, Hassam painted numerous scenes of both the city and the countryside. Many of his early street scenes of Boston, Paris, and New York, with their reflections of wet pavement or of gaslight on the snow, evidenced a talent for capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.

Throughout his career Hassam garnered numerous awards and prizes and earned the attention of the collectors George A. Hearn, John Gellatly, and Charles Freer. His work was widely exhibited throughout the country, and in the 1913 Armory Show Hassam was represented by six paintings, five pastels, and a drawing. About 1915 he turned to printmaking, producing etchings and drypoints first, and lithographs about two years later. By 1933 a catalogue raisonné of his intaglio prints listed 376 different plates. Toward the end of his life Hassam most often exhibited graphic works. The quality of his paintings, in the meantime, became increasingly uneven.

Shortly before his death, in East Hampton in August 1935, he arranged to bequeath all the paintings remaining in his studio to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to his wish they were sold to establish a fund for the purchase of American works to be donated to museums.


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Childe Hassam : A Retrospective Exhibition 5 by The Corcoran Gallery of Art – Paperback: 39 pages Publisher: The Corcoran Gallery of Art (1965)


Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West by Margaret E. Bullock - Hardcover: 111 pages; Publisher: Portland Art Museum (January 2005)

The renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam built his reputation on light-filled images depicting the streets of New York and New England's coastal resorts. He was also known as a consummate traveler who delighted in discovering and painting new scenes and unfamiliar landscapes. In 1904 and 1908, Hassam traveled west, visiting Oregon and the surrounding region. He was captivated by the beauty of the Northwest landscape: its rocky coast, lush valleys, forested mountains, and stark high deserts. During his sojourns in the West, he painted at least 60 images, ranging from portraits and still lifes to landscapes and seascapes in oil, watercolor, and pastel.

Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of Childe Hassam, N.A. by Royal Cortissoz, Leonard Clayton Gallery, Paula Eliasoph, Childe Hassam (Illustrator) - Hardcover: 224 pages; Publisher: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts; 1st complete edition (July 1, 1989)

The first complete catalogue of the etchings and engravings by Childe Hassam, who began making prints in 1915 at the age of 56 when he as already an acclaimed painter. There are 156 illustrations.


Childe Hassam, American Impressionist (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) by H. Barbara Weinberg – Hardcover: 440 pages Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 11, 2004)

Hassam (1859-1935) was the most zestful of the American impressionists, and Weinberg, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with her expert contributors, covers every facet of Hassam's life and work in this substantial, gorgeously illustrated volume. Although Hassam relished the fact that his name sounded Arabian, he was solidly Anglo-Saxon, and although he studied in Paris and traveled in Europe, as every serious painter of his generation did, he was all-American and deliberately painted upbeat scenes of the cushy lives of the privileged and fashionable. So lovely and vital are the watercolors, oils, and etchings created by this purveyor of "cheerful elitism and escapism," the astonishingly prolific Hassam became resoundingly successful, although he did develop a drinking problem and a vehement hatred of modern art. But there is no evidence of these dark forces in his shimmering paintings of Boston boulevards, the chic New York neighborhoods favored by Edith Wharton, and idyllic New England as Hassam's broad brushstrokes, "dramatic perspective," and vibrant colors cohere into works of unabashedly lush and timeless beauty. —Donna Seaman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Childe Hassam: Impressionist by Warren Adelson, Jay E. Cantor, William H. Gerdts – Hardcover, 256 pages (October 1999) Abbeville Press, Inc.

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is considered the preeminent American Impressionist. He started at the Boston Art School, learning engraving and illustration, but went to Paris and studied with Boulanger and Lefebvre before eventually becoming one of "The Ten," a group of Impressionists. Filled with rainy or snow-covered city streets, colorful seaside gardens, patriotic flag-lined avenues, and exquisitely dressed women, his paintings are unmistakable. The authors of this current work approach different facets of Hassam and his work: gallerist Adelson looks at the artist in an international context drawing connections to Monet and Vuillard; William Gerdts (American Impressionism) looks at ongoing themes; and art historian Jay Cantor focuses on the departures of Hassam's later work, nudes, and East Hampton views. Many of the illustrations are familiar ones, but the authors gained access to many others in private collections that are reproduced here for the first time. The extensive illustrations, 200 in color, are complemented by a detailed illustrated chronology and extensive bibliography. Highly recommended as a necessary purchase for serious collections on American Art. —Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Impressionist Prints of Childe Hassam by Childe Hassam, Joseph S. Czestochowski – Paperback: 112 pages Publisher: Dover Publications (July 1, 2003)


Childe Hassam (Famous Artists Series) by Donelson F. Hoopes – Paperback: 88 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; Reprint edition (July 1988)


Ninety-Four Prints by Childe Hassam by Childe Hassam – Paperback, Published by Dover Pubns, June 1980, 64 black & white plates


Leaders of American Impressionism: Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John H. Twatchman [and] J. Alden Weir by Brooklyn Museum – Unknown Binding: 43 pages Publisher: Arno Press (1974)


American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals by Austen Barron Bailly (Editor, Contributor), John W. Coffey (Editor, Contributor), Kathleen Burnside (Contributor), Hal Weeks (Contributor), Alexandra de Steiguer (Contributor) – Hardcover: 124 pages; Publisher: Peabody Essex Museum (April 5, 2016)

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.

Childe Hassam: An American Impressionist by W.; Cantor, J.; Gerdts, W. Adelson - Paperback: 100 pages; Publisher: Adelson Galleries; Presumed First Edition edition (1999)


Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited by David Park Curry – Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st ed edition (April 2005)

In 1894, writer Celia Thaxter published An Island Garden describing her rambling cottage garden at Appledore, on the rocky Isles of Shoals, ten miles off the New Hampshire coast. American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) illustrated her book. As a frequent visitor to the Shoals, Hassam created a series of oils, watercolors, and pastels capturing their idyllic serenity. For the first time, Curry has assembled an exhibition of many of the Shoals paintings and has written this catalog to "record not only the beauty of a poet's garden in its glory, but also the flowering of a young artist's dreams." The text provides welcome material where little exists, and the brilliant color plates evoke Hassam's aesthetic philosophy. Recommended for all American art collections. —Joan Levin, Indian Trails P.L., Wheeling, Ill.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam by Ilene Susan Fort (Author), Childe Hassam (Author), National Gallery of Art (U. S.) (Author), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Corporate Author) - Hardcover: 128 pages Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; 1st edition (June 1988)


Childe Hassam: At Dusk: Boston Common at Twilight by Erica Hirshler (Author), Childe Hassam (Artist) - Paperback: 76 pages Publisher: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (July 28, 2015)

In this vivid account of one of Boston's best-loved paintings, leading American art specialist Erica E. Hirshler illuminates the context of Childe Hassam's 1880s city scene. With its rosy rust tones, intimate familial vignette and quiet expanse of snow-laden park, today "At Dusk (Boston Common at Twilight)" seems to encourage reflection and represent a decidedly old-fashioned city. Yet Hirshler reveals the ways in which the painting visually signaled the emerging modern city, from subtleties about women's place in the urban landscape to the uproarious clang of the streetcars that would have been heard on the busiest block in Boston.

Childe Hassam in Connecticut by Kathleen M. Burnside, Lyme Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum – Unknown Binding: 32 pages Publisher: Lyme Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum (1987)


Childe Hassam: American Impressionist by Ulrich W. Hiesinger – Paperback, 192 pages (September 1999) International Book Import Service, Inc.

Childe Hassam has long been recognized as America's foremost Impressionist painter, yet the sheer size and variety of his output have hindered a full appreciation of his work. The present volume seeks to remedy this by offering, for the first time, a comprehensive survey of the artist's career. That career began in his native Boston, where he worked as an illustrator and a watercolor painter. Hassam absorbed the principles of Impressionism during three crucial years spent in Paris in the mid-1880s. Largely self-taught, he emerged from his stay a brilliant colorist with a style uniquely his own.

Childe Hassam, 1859-1935 Paperback: 15 pages Publisher: Spanierman Gallery (December 1988)

This catalogue includes a short biography of the important American Impressionist Childe Hassam and eight sumptuous fold out color plates.

Childe Hassam's New York (The Essential Paintings) by Ilene Susan Fort – Hardcover, 88 pages, Published by Pomegranate, October 1993


An Island Garden (Box Set) by Childe Hassam, Celia L. Thaxter – Hardcover, 126 pages Boxed edition (November 1, 1988) Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)

Written by a New England poet and illustrated by one of America's greatest Impressionist painters, the book was originally published in 1894. This reissue faithfully reproduces the original paintings and is presented in an elegant slip-cased gift edition.


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