Along with Theodore Robinson and William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam is regarded as one of America’s most important Impressionists. Hassam was a leading member of a group of artists known as The Ten, who began exhibiting together in 1898 to protest the conservatism of the jury at the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibitions: an act that mirrored the Impressionists’ rejection of the annual Paris Salon more than a quarter-century earlier.
Here, Hassam depicts a house in Old Lyme, Connecticut: a town that became a popular summer colony for artists in the opening years of the 20th century. Hassam was one of the first painters to work there; in fact, he completed The Stone Cottage during his first visit to Old Lyme in 1903. His comfort with the style, in which he had been working for almost two decades by this point, is evident in his confident use of light, feathery brushwork, his airy palette of blues and greens, and his use of patches of unprimed canvas to describe the earthy tones of the cottage’s stone walls.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: frame height: 38.25 inches frame width: 38.25 inches canvas height: 27 inches canvas width: 27 inches frame depth: 2 inchesGift of Mr. and Mrs. Archer Milton Huntington 1942.1
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN