Childe Hassam, American Impressionist - Weinberg, H. Barbara - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

Series Information
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist

  • H. Barbara Weinberg et al.
      REVIEWS             PREVIEW             CONTENTS             EXCERPTS      

Out of Print.

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2006 by Choice Magazine

Winner of the 2007 Henry Allen Moe Prize given by the New York State Historical Association

Childe Hassam (1859–1935) created an immense body of work in the Impressionist style, comprising oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and prints. His distinctive and enchanting images, with their focus on effects of color and light, are widely admired and are included in the collections of every major museum in the United States.

In this handsomely illustrated book, the authors, all experts in the field, take a fresh look at Hassam’s responses to his vibrant and complicated era. Their texts study his striking portrayals of cities and country sites in America and Europe. Also explored are his late works—those completed after 1900—when Hassam felt increasingly challenged by both modern life and modern art. These include tranquil interior vignettes, iconic images of New England churches, and his great Flag series.

Hassam’s life and career in Boston, New York, Paris, New England, and East Hampton as well as his travels are covered in fresh and insightful chapters. Essays on more specific subjects focus on Hassam’s pride in his ancestry; his interest in architecture, gardens, and allegorical themes; his accomplishments as a watercolorist and printmaker; his frames; the marketing of his art; and the contemporary critical response to it. The book, which also contains a chronology of Hassam’s career and a comprehensive exhibition chronology, accompanies the first major museum retrospective of Hassam’s works since 1972.

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist examines this great artist’s work in the context of his credo that “the man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of every-day life around him.”

H. Barbara Weinberg is the Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.