Saturday, March 5, 2011
Saturday Salon: A Favorite Painting
Two paintings of goldfish bowls at windows by American Impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935). I think I favor the first one primarily because of the lavish use of yellow and green in the scene outside. Looks like the same woman maybe wearing the same dressing gown at the same window at different times of day. Good paintings for a day when spring can't get here soon enough for me. It's damp and chilly and gray outside. But these paintings are cheering me up considerably.
Frederick aka Childe Hassam created memorable works of immense charm. A prolific American Impressionist known for his celebratory 'American flag' paintings, he was fond of landscape, especially garden, coastal and beach scenes, as well as cityscapes and more intime indoor canvases. He paid great attention, in his indoor paintings, to room design, decorations and furnishings. It is this attention to that sort of detail, I think, that distinguishes and adds the intimate quality to his work.
Find out more:
You can read about Childe Hassam at the link above and also at the following link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's overview/tour of Hassam's life and work.