The South Ledges, Appledore

  • Childe Hassam, The South Ledges, Appledore, 1913, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.62

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American Impressionism emerged in the late 1880s when a generation of American artists studied abroad to absorb the new palette and compositions that were modernizing painting in France. Landscapes and domestic scenes by these American Impressionists are as wonderfully fresh and sparkling as those by their more familiar French counterparts. These artists, attracted to the light and color of painting outdoors, celebrate a modern view of life as America entered the twentieth century.

Childe 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.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

The South Ledges, Appledore
Not on view
34 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (87.0 x 91.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape – coast
  • Figure female – full length
  • Landscape – Maine – Appledore Island
  • Waterscape – sea – Atlantic Ocean
  • Landscape – island – Appledore Island
  • Dress – accessory – hat
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