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
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About Charles River and Beacon Hill

Childe Hassam’s Charles River and Beacon Hill, painted in 1892, is a prominent example of American Impressionism. This oil on canvas painting portrays changing aspects of Boston through radical compositional effects inspired by French painting. The viewer is drawn into the scene by the plunging recession and broad expanse of empty foreground. The piece measures 40.96 x 45.72 cm (16 1/8 x 18 in.), and it currently resides at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Hassam was known for his urban and coastal scenes, and this work is one of his most famous pieces. Through impressionistic techniques such as visible brushstrokes and broken color, Hassam captures the atmosphere and mood of Boston at that time. Furthermore, this artwork represents a shift towards American nationalism in art during the late nineteenth century.

Despite its age, Charles River And Beacon Hill remains relevant to Loudoun County today due to its inspiration from urban landscapes found throughout America’s East Coast cities like Washington DC or New York City where music, arts, and culture are also prevalent. Art galleries are prevalent in various neighborhoods while annual tours of local artisan studios can help visitors discover new works made locally by talented artists who live within their community or elsewhere across Virginia state lines alike!

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