No other American Impressionist ever surpassed the quality and variety of Hassams output as a painter and draftsman. Equally talented in oils, watercolors, and prints, he explored rain-swept city scenes, glorious gardens, exquisite women, and stirring flag-lined streets. Many of these irresistible pictures are hidden in private collections and are rarely, if ever, accessible to the public; others are on view at major museums across the country, from the Metropolitan Museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
By approaching Childe Hassam (1859-1935) from different angles, the three authors reveal this multitalented artists many facets and uncover previously unknown aspects of his life and work. The authoritative essays are illustrated with a brilliant array of color illustrations that represent all of Hassams styles, from Barbizon-inspired Tonalism to Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. The book concludes with an invaluable illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography.
Warren Adelson is president of Adelson Galleries, New York, and a recognized authority on American Impressionism. Jay E. Cantor established the American Paintings Department at Christies and has taught, lectured, and written widely on American art. William H. Gerdts—recently retired as professor of art history, Graduate Center of the City University of New York—is the author of several Abbeville titles, including American Impressionism, California Impressionism, and Impressionist New York. All three live in New York.