American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and Isle of ShoalsBooks
Childe Hassam (1859–1935) was the foremost American impressionist of his generation. Hassam had a fascination with Appledore, the largest island of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, and he traveled there almost every summer for thirty years. American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and Isle of Shoals is a fascinating book which traces Hassam’s artistic exploration of Appledore and reveals a complex portrait of the island created over time. Editor and Exhibit Curator John W. Coffey, working with the marine biologist Hal Weeks, revisits Hassam’s painting sites, identifying where, what, and how the artist painted on the island. Kathleen M. Burnside considers the range of the artist's stylistic responses to the island's nature. A photo essay by Alexandra de Steiguer reveals Appledore’s enduring beauty. Published by the North Carolina Museum of Art, 124 pages.