Golden Afternoon

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

Date: 1908

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 1/16 x 40 3/8 in. (76.4 x 102.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.40


In the fall of 1908 Hassam camped with friends on the Blitzen River in the heart of Harney and Malheur Counties in eastern Oregon. He responded to the locale's vast expanses, barren buttes, blazing light, and opalescent colors in about thirty canvases and watercolors and ten or a dozen cigar-box-size panels. Hassam exulted in the remoteness and extraordinary look of the desert. "Golden Afternoon," one of the most ambitious of his Oregon landscapes, presents a panoramic view of Steens Mountain from the P Ranch, the party's headquarters.