American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals

March 19, 2016—June 19, 2016
North Carolina Museum of Art
America’s finest impressionist painter, Childe Hassam spent many summers painting on the Isles of Shoals six miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

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This exhibition features 39 of the artist’s finest Shoals paintings in oil and watercolor, borrowed from distinguished museums and private collections. Taken together, these paintings offer a sustained reverie on nature and the pleasure of painting. They possess a rapturous sense of place: the blue Atlantic breaking against rocks and swirling in tidal pools, dense thickets of laurel wedged in granite crags, a splendid island garden with its gemlike blossoms, and the whole island world suffused with a silvered northern light.

The exhibition is jointly organized with the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, with the cooperation of the Shoals Marine Laboratory.

American Impressionist and Marks of Genius are ticketed together.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

UNC-TV produced a half-hour documentary in conjunction with the exhibition.

Childe Hassam, Poppies, Isles of Shoals, 1891, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 24 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Margaret and Raymond Horowitz, 1997.135.1


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