Hassam’s work from the late 19th century is considered the best of his oeuvre. He returned to New England in 1889 after a long trip to Paris, where he found himself immersed in and greatly influenced by the impressionist aesthetic. Adapting the modern French style to his own American artistic sensibilities, he developed the unique brand of American impressionism for which he is so celebrated today. One of Hassam's largest canvases from before the turn of the century, Ten Pound Island represents this pivotal moment in the artist's career. While heavily influenced by the French painters of the day, Hassam truly had come into his own stylistically. 

Hassam was acclaimed for both his impressionistic landscapes and portraiture, though only rarely did he combine his skill in both genres in the same painting. This work, however, depicts two women - presumably Hassam’s wife, Kathleen MaudeDoane, and her sister - in a quintessentially New England setting. The domestic tableau overlooks a view of Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor, one of Hassam's favorite destinations to paint. The artist's skillful attention to the subtleties of light and color, rendered with his famed staccato brushwork, make this work a true technical feat.


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CHILDE HASSAM
1859-1935 I American
Ten Pound Island

Oil on Canvas • Signed and dated "Childe Hassam/1896"

Canvas: 31 3/8” high x 31 1/4” wide • Frame: 43 3/8” high x 43 3/8” wide

An American Impressionist Masterpiece

Exhibited:

Sylacauga Art Museum, Alabama, January 31–February 28, 1983, on loan

American Favorites from the Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation and the David Warner Foundation, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida, September 14–November 11, 1984

American Masterpieces from the Warner Collection, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, January 31-March 29, 1987

Childe Hassam: American Impressionist, The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, New York, May 20-July 1, 1994

Mildred Warner House Museum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1994–2002, on loan

Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2003–2011, on loan

An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, April 1-July 3, 2011; Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 13–November 6, 2011; Whispering Cliffs, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 2011–January 2014; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 1–May 25, 2014


References:

The Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 1953

Idle Hours: Americans at Leisure 1865–1914, New York, 1988, by R.G. Pisano, pp.14–15

Childe Hassam: American Impressionist, New York, 1994, by U.W. Hiesinger, p.97

Childe Hassam: Impressionist, New York and London, 1999, by W. Adelson, J.E. Cantor, and W.H. Gerdts, p. 44, no. 43

An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts, New York, 2001, by T. Armstrong, pp. 152–53


Provenance:

The artist, 1896–1935

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, by bequest from above, 1935

Milch Galleries, New York, 1950

Mr. and Mrs. A. Norton Tanenbaum, New York, 1954

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, New York, October 25, 1979, lot 131

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1979

The Jack Warner Foundation, Alabama, 1980

M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, 2018

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Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Hassam began his artistic career as a freelance illustrator, working for nation-wide publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s Monthly, and The Century. His first solo exhibition of watercolors took place in Boston in 1883, and he quickly catapulted onto the international scene, winning a bronze medal at the Exposition Universale in Paris in 1889. The year before the present work was created, he received the Webb Prize from the Society of American Artists for another landscape painted at Gloucester. Hassam would receive numerous other awards over the course of his career, most notably the Gold Medal for Distinguished Services to Fine Art from the American Dealers Association. A true master, Hassam depicted a way of life characteristic of both American and French society, and his work elucidates an important chapter in American art history.

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CHILDE HASSAM
America's Most Important Impressionist Painter

Counted among American Impressionist masters such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam was decidedly instrumental in popularizing the Impressionist Movement in the United States. His work was met with critical acclaim during his lifetime and he remains among the country's most significant painters. 

Childe Hassam was America’s foremost impressionist painter, and this original oil on canvas is arguably among the finest of his works. The sheer grandeur, coveted subject matter, and masterful composition of the piece, entitled Ten Pound Island, easily commands attention. Painted by Hassam at the very peak of his ability, the work was also once part of the distinguished Jack Warner Foundation, a legendary collection of American art. Rarely are works of this caliber, with such impeccable provenance and exhibition history, found on the market today.

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The painting also boasts a stellar provenance, having belonged to notable private collections including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Tanenbaum Collection in New York, and most prestigiously, the famed private collection of Jack Warner. The owner of Gulf States Paper, Jack Warner (1918-2017) was a legend in the American art world. He searched the world for the finest examples of American art and was known to pay any price in order to own the very best. In 2010, he received the prestigious Frederic Edwin Church Award in recognition of his superb collection of American art. That Warner included the present work in his award-winning collection is a testament to its status as an American masterpiece.

Works of this caliber by Hassam are rarely seen on the market, as the vast majority are held in museums around the world. 
Ten Pound Island itself has been displayed in exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the New Bedford Museum of American Art.

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Pivotal Hassam works such as this are rarely seen on the market and this painting represents an extremely rare, once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a defining masterpiece by America's quintessential Impressionist painter.

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The painting boasts an impreccable provenance. It remained in the artist’s private collection for almost 40 years and was part of the esteemed Jack Warner Foundation collection from 1980 to 2018.

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The painting remained in the artist’s private collection for almost 40 years and was part of the esteemed
Jack Warner foundation collection
from 1980 to 2018.

CHILDE HASSAM

A Rare Opportunity

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