Flint Institute of Arts
Childe Hassam as Printmaker
October 2, 1999 - January 16, 2000
Childe Hassam as Printmaker is the first exhibition to be presented in the new Graphics Study Center of the Institute. Located in the Ruth Mott Gallery, this space will be dedicated to permanent collection and borrowed shows which feature works on paper, including drawing, photography and printmaking. (left: Childe Hassam (1859-1935), The Napoleon Girl, etching on paper, 1922, Gift of Mrs. Childe Hassam, 1940.29)
In this exhibition of 28 lithographs and etchings selected from the FIA's permanent collection, the viewer is offered a rare opportunity to observe the artistic experimentation of this American master. Hassam incorporated many of the techniques of his European Impressionist colleagues in these works, including cropped viewpoints and unexpected angles and visions. Like so many American Impressionists, however, Hassam's landscapes and portraits retain a strong sense of place.
As the leading exponent of Impressionism in the United States, Childe Hassam was often compared to Claude Monet and enjoyed great success as a painter throughout his career. At the age of 56, when his painting style seemed to him inadequate for expressing his artistic needs, the artist began to devote his time to printmaking. An essentially black and white medium, printmaking gave Hassam the opportunity to see the skeleton of his work, without being overwhelmed by color.
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