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Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited

by David Park Curry

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Sometimes I pick up a book knowing nothing of the subject. This is such a book. I was hooked immediately, as the author focused on the incredible impressionist paintings of the Isles of Shoals by Childe Hassam. Suddenly, a new world opened up, as I read the poetry of Celia Thaxter and marvelled at the illuminating colors of Hassam's artwork.

As a reader, I feel a book should open up new vistas, so I was thrilled to be drawn into the magic. The garden of Thaxter, I knew not. The Isles of Shoals, off the East Coast, I knew not. Childe Hassam, I knew not. Ignorant, perhaps, but somewhat enlightened now. I even Wiki'd the murders on Smutty-Nose Island, because the author mentions them in one unexplained sentence.

In fact, I will miss my daily dose of the gorgeous medicine this collection gave me, whether it's the oils of poppies or the watercolours of white sailboats against an aquamarine sea.

Book Season = Summer (visit the Shoals) ( )
  Gold_Gato | Sep 16, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393028690, Hardcover)

A major book on a major American Impressionist.

From the late 1880s to around 1915, Childe Hassam, America's foremost impressionist, frequently visited the Isles of Shoals, the site of a summer resort popular with many American artists and writers. Paintings from Hassam's Isles of Shoals series are among the most familiar icons of late nineteenth-century American art. But until now, a comprehensive selection of these beautiful works had not been collected in one place. David Park Curry's informative text provides the background essential to a full appreciation of these works. 105 full-color reproductions and100 black-and-white photographs.

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