Surf, Isles of Shoals

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

Date: 1913

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. (89.5 x 71.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon C. Sommers, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.382


Hassam's summer sojourns on the Isles of Shoals, ten miles east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, were among the most fruitful of his long career, inspiring almost a tenth of his works. This scene is a particularly fine example. It presents a broad view of a tidal pool—rendered with great chromatic variety and inventiveness—embraced by rocks and punctuated by spray; distant islands appear on the horizon.