Along with Theodore Robinson, Childe Hassam is regarded as one of America’s most important Impressionists. Hassam was also a 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. Hassam was first exposed to Impressionism during the years that he spent in France in the 1880s and he was one of the first American artists to apply the style to American subjects upon his return to this country in 1889.
In The Mint Museums’ painting, Hassam depicts a house in Old Lyme, Connecticut. In the early years of the Twentieth Century, Old Lyme was a popular summer colony for artists; Hassam was one of the first painters to work there. By 1903, when he completed The Stone Cottage during his first visit to Old Lyme, Hassam had been painting in the Impressionist style for almost two decades. His comfort with the style 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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Archer Milton Huntington.
Accession Number: 1942.1