Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine

Artist: Childe Hassam (American, Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859–1935 East Hampton, New York)

Date: 1890

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 17 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (45.1 x 54.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.567

Description

This painting is one of the finest of a series of works that Hassam made during summers in the 1890s on Appledore Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, which lie ten miles east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This series portrays the sumptuous wildflower garden cultivated by his friend, poet Celia Thaxter, a garden that provided a marvelous contrast to the rugged terrain of the island itself. In this painting, vibrant red poppies entangled in lush green foliage introduce a view of bleached Babb's Rock. The painting shows Hassam at the height of his creativity as an American Impressionist.

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