June 3, 2011

Friday Fave

Here is a breathtaking oil on canvas by Old Lyme Colony artist and renowned American Impressionist, Childe Hassam.  Hassam painted this work in 1905, shortly after arriving in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  Hassam's use of the vibrant colors of the setting sun and the quick brush strokes of the light reflecting off the water epitomize the roots of the Impressionist movement- the ability to capture fleeting moments, to embrace vivid colors, the spontaneity of the brush, the introduction of abstraction onto the canvas and to create a world as it is seen, not as it should be seen.

Childe Hassam (American 1859-1935), Sunset at Sea, oil on canvas
Auctioned by Christie's, New York on November 29, 2007
price realized: $3,737,000 (including buyer's premium)


{image via Christie's}

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