American Impressionist

Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals

Edited by Austen Barron Bailly and John W. Coffey; With contributions by Austen Barron Bailly, Kathleen M. Burnside, John W. Coffey, and Hal Weeks; Photo essay by Alexandra de Steiguer

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April 5, 2016
124 pages, 10 x 11 1/2
100 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300217315
Hardcover

Distributed for the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum

An exploration of the fascinating connections between the Isles of Shoals and the beautiful paintings that Childe Hassam created there

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.

Austen Barron Bailly is The George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum. John W. Coffey is deputy director and curator of American and modern art, North Carolina Museum of Art. 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

North Carolina Museum of Art
(03/19/16–06/19/16)


Peabody Essex Museum
(07/16/16–11/06/16)

“A superb catalogue . . . with a number of excellent essays.”—Nicholas Basbanes, Fine Books and Collections

“Fascinating . . . captivating . . . gorgeous . . . [with] numerous in-depth essays, beautiful plates of all the works, a helpful selection of further readings and an index . . . a book that is useful as well as a delight to the eye.”—Anne Kugielsky, Antiques and the Arts Weekly