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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hiesinger, Ulrich W., 1943-
Munich ; New York : Prestel, ©1994
|Named Person:||Childe Hassam; Childe Hassam|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Ulrich W Hiesinger; Childe Hassam; Jordan-Volpe Gallery.
|Notes:||Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, from May 20 to July 1, 1994.|
|Description:||191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction: A Profile of the Artist --
Ch. I. Early Years in Boston, 1859-1886 --
Ch. II. Paris, 1886-1889 --
Ch. III. Exploring America, 1889-1896 --
Ch. IV. A Period of Transition, 1897-1908 --
Ch. V. Late Years, 1909-1935. App. A. Letters from Paris, 1886-1889. App. B. Other Writings, Interviews.
|Responsibility:||Ulrich W. Hiesinger.|
Believing that the artist should paint his own time in the most modern manner, and convinced that the beauties of America rivaled those to be found anywhere, Hassam was an early experimenter with pure color and sought to capture specific effects of light in landscapes and everyday city scenes alike. His virtuosity encompassed everything from radiant New England skies to the haunting glare of lamplight in a snow-covered park. Flower-filled gardens in Villiers-le-Bel and on the Isles of Shoals, the bustling boulevards of Paris and the carriage-lined squares of Old New York, the quaint harbor towns of Newport and Gloucester - these and other unassuming subjects were transformed by the artist's fresh vision. Hassam was also the first to proclaim the majestic dignity of New England churches in his work.
This monograph is notable for its careful selection and analysis of Hassam's finest oils and watercolors, many of them in private collections and never published before. A number of errors in previous publications on the artist, ranging from falsely identified works to details of Hassam's travels, are corrected here, and new information is provided on such a classic painting as Grand Prix Day. Recently discovered letters shed new light on the artist's views and on his personality, a strange mixture of irreverence and New England propriety. These letters are printed in an appendix, together with other writings by Hassam and interviews with him. A bibliography and a chronology that plots the artist's movements year by year add to the value of the book as an essential reference work on the Impressionist movement in America and its most important exponent.