Charles River and Beacon Hill (c. 1892) by Childe Hassam

Charles River and Beacon Hill - Childe Hassam - 1890 - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleCharles River and Beacon Hill
ArtistChilde Hassam
Date1890 - 1892
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions18 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. (47.9 x 53 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

About Charles River and Beacon Hill

The artwork titled “Charles River and Beacon Hill” is a notable creation by artist Childe Hassam, executed between 1890 and 1892. This oil on canvas reflects the aesthetic vision of the Impressionist art movement and is categorized as a cityscape. The piece measures 18 7/8 x 20 7/8 inches (47.9 x 53 cm) and is currently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

This artistic work captures a lively scene along the Charles River, with Beacon Hill prominently in the background. The gold-domed Massachusetts State House crowns the hill, asserting its iconic place in the Boston skyline. To the left, a solitary figure, possibly an artist, is seen working at an easel mounted along the water’s railing, adding a contemplative human element to the scene. The brushwork is loose and vibrant, characteristic of Impressionist techniques, with quick, visible strokes that impart a sense of movement and immediacy.

In the foreground, the path alongside the river is depicted in a blend of earthy tones juxtaposed with the cool hues of the water and sky. Figures are discernible strolling and standing, their forms rendered with the same brisk application of paint that animates the entire canvas. The atmosphere is one of both tranquility and bustling energy, a duality often experienced in urban parklands. Hassam’s skillful use of light and color suffuses the composition with a shimmering quality that conveys both the specific locale and the universal appeal of a city at leisure.

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