The Water Garden

Artist: Childe Hassam (American, Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859–1935 East Hampton, New York)

Date: 1909

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.450


This intimate landscape, with its strong rhythmic composition, flattened space, and tapestry-like application of paint, illustrates the modification of Hassam's style at the turn of the century when he absorbed Post-Impressionist developments. The painting portrays a Japanese water garden filled with irises on property near that of a friend on Egypt Lane in East Hampton, Long Island. In 1919, Hassam purchased his own home in East Hampton, where he spent the months from May to October until his death in 1935.