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Dark horizontal bands of irregular shape creep across this nocturnal image of the Isles of Shoals, bisecting the scene to articulate the region between water and sky. The simplicity of the composition is matched by a minimal palette; the only relief to the high-keyed blue color is the golden sphere that breaks through the night, casting its trailing image on the water below. The effect is one of serene isolation. Moonlight, New England Coast illustrates the mature style developed by Hassam later in his career. Confronted with the harsh realities of urban life, Hassam turned his attention to landscape, adopting a brighter palette and more superficial forms. By that time, impressionism had become mainstream, a counter- point to cutting-edge trends toward cubism and surrealism.
At lower left: Childe Hassam 1907
The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection
"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1 May - 18 July 2010).
"Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist & Realist Paintings from the McGlothlin Collection," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (19 May-18 September, 2005).
Rawles, Susan J. and Christopher C. Oliver. The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection of American Art, A Promise Fulfilled (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015): pp. 102-03.
Yount, Sylvia. Private Passion, Public Promise, The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Collection of American Art (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2010): ill. p. 35.
Curry, David Park. Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist & Realist Paintings from the McGlothlin Collection (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2005): pp. 54-55.
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