Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine, 1890
Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)
Oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (45.1 x 54.6 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Anonymous Gift, 1994 (1994.567)
Begin looking at the bottom of the painting and slowly scan up.
What do you imagine you might smell and
feel in this garden?
Where do you see shades of blue repeated?
[Click the "zoom" button to get a closer look.]
Between 1886 and 1916, Hassam worked and relaxed on an island called Appledore
off the coast of New Hampshire. This island was a popular gathering place
for painters, poets, and other artists. He would stay at the cottage
of his friend, the poet Celia
Thaxter, who helped her family manage a hotel on the island.
Hassam often painted the lovely old-fashioned garden that Thaxter planted
outside her cottage. In this close-up view, the flowers cover most of
the painting. Beyond the garden Hassam gives us a peek at the brilliant
blue ocean, sun-drenched rocks, and pale summer sky.
[Roll your mouse over the picture to see
the names of some of the flowers.]