This exhibition features prints by American Impressionist Childe Hassam. Hassam began to paint in the Impressionist style after he visited Paris between 1887 and 1889. After he returned home, he turned his attention to etching in 1915. By 1917, he also was producing lithographs, eventually creating more than 400 prints in his career. Overall, his graphic works share the same themes as his paintings, but his printmaking offered him new opportunities to experiment with lines and forms.
Highlights of his print work, including etchings and lithographs, will be on view, demonstrating the artist’s fascination with landscapes in the city and countryside, as well as intimate images of solitary figures indoors. Referring to his early start as an engraver in a Boston print shop, Hassam noted in 1927: “I began my career with the graphic arts and I am ending it with my great interest in graphic arts.”
Image: Childe Hassam, American, 1859 - 1935. The Napoleon Girl
(detail), 1922. Etching on paper. Dimensions: 17 5/8 × 12 in. (44.8 × 30.5 cm) Image: 13 × 9 in. (33 × 22.9 cm). Gift of Mrs. Childe Hassam, 1940.29