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The South Ledges, Appledore

1913 Childe Hassam Born: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859 Died: East Hampton, New York 1935 oil on canvas 34 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (87.0 x 91.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Hassam spent many summers on Appledore Island off the coast of Maine. Every year, he and a circle of musicians, writers and other artists made an informal colony based at the home of his friend, the poet Celia Thaxter. In Thaxter's gardens and on the rocky beaches, Hassam used the flickering brushwork and brilliant colors he had adopted in France to capture the spangled light of Appledore's brief summer. This painting evokes the leisurely, seasonal rhythms of America's privileged families in the last years before the Great War. A beautifully dressed woman shields her face from the sun; she looks down and away, as if absorbed in the song of a sandpiper, the island bird that inspired Celia Thaxter's most famous children's poem.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - water

Landscape - coast

Landscape - island - Appledore Island

Landscape - Maine - Appledore Island

Landscape - rocks

Waterscape - sea - Atlantic Ocean

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Childe Hassam

Born: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859 Died: East Hampton, New York 1935

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