Childe Hassam: The Ledges, October in Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1907

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859–1935) Childe Hassam, The Ledges, October in Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1907 Oil on canvas, Gift of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

From Tonalism to Impressionism

“Already familiar with other New England art colonies, Childe Hassam found much to like in Old Lyme, including the town’s history and rugged terrain. He depicted the area’s rock ledges in both spring and fall during stays at Florence Griswold’s boarding house. Choosing a square canvas and setting a high horizon line,

Hassam creates a mesmerizing, almost decorative pattern of autumn leaves, tree trunks, shadows, and boulders with flickering touches of his paintbrush. Compared to the softer, smoother surface of Hassam’s Summer Evening, The Ledges demonstrates the high-key color and active brushwork soon embraced by fellow artists in Old Lyme, shifting the colony’s orientation from Tonalism to Impressionism. “ Quote from FGM Collection

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. I wish I didn’t see some kind of animal corpse on the ground when I looked at this one. Nevertheless, it’s still beautiful. 🤓

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    1. I never thought of that, but now I can’t not see animal corpses…lolol. 🙂

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      1. I hope I didn’t spoil it too much for you.
        I could only see one corpss at first, but now, you’re right, there are several! 😁

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      2. Oh, and fresh perspectives are always welcome! 😎

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