Jan 22, 2009
Jan 22, 2009

Canterbury Cathedral (recto); Hands Holding a Book (verso)

Canterbury Cathedral (recto); Hands Holding a Book (verso)


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Childe Hassam

(American, 1859–1935)

Watercolor with gouache and graphite

Sheet: 18.7 x 13.9 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1938.65



Late in 1886, Hassam and his wife departed his native Boston for France, spending the next three years abroad. His work of this period reflected his burgeoning interest in French Impressionism; he increasingly used broken brushstrokes and a lighter palette. Rather than being labeled an American Impressionist, however, Hassam preferred to identify himself as a painter of "light and air." An early morning rosy sky illuminates this distant view of Canterbury Cathedral, one of several watercolors of the English city.

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