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Still Looking: Essays on American Art
John Updike
1400044189
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Published primarily in the New York Review of Books, the collected essays in Still Looking are less art criticism than finely honed art appreciations. Reviewers note Updike’s inquisitive tone and earnest interest in his subject matter. The often honored (an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, a National Medal for the Humanities) and prolific author once aspired for a career in cartooning and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. The major complaint, if it can be registered as such, is that Updike is so effective at bringing these works to life that the book, though amply illustrated, provokes frustration that the exhibitions are no longer running.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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Childe Hassam
Donelson F. Hoopes
0823006212
May 1988
Paperback
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Childe Hassam, Impressionist
Warren Adelson
0789205874
October 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is considered the preeminent American Impressionist. He started at the Boston Art School, learning engraving and illustration, but went to Paris and studied with Boulanger and Lefebvre before eventually becoming one of "The Ten," a group of Impressionists. Filled with rainy or snow-covered city streets, colorful seaside gardens, patriotic flag-lined avenues, and exquisitely dressed women, his paintings are unmistakable. The authors of this current work approach different facets of Hassam and his work: gallerist Adelson looks at the artist in an international context drawing connections to Monet and Vuillard; William Gerdts (American Impressionism) looks at ongoing themes; and art historian Jay Cantor focuses on the departures of Hassam's later work, nudes, and East Hampton views....


Impressionist Prints of Childe Hassam
Childe Hassam (Illustrator)
0486434621
July 2003
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Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West
Margaret E. Bullock
1883124190
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam built his reputation on light-filled images depicting the streets of New York and New England's coastal resorts. He was also known as a consummate traveler who delighted in discovering and painting new scenes and unfamiliar landscapes. In 1904 and 1908, Hassam traveled west, visiting Oregon and the surrounding region. He was captivated by the beauty of the Northwest landscape: its rocky coast, lush valleys, forested mountains, and stark high deserts. During his sojourns in the West, he painted at least sixty images ranging from portraits and still lifes to landscapes and seascapes in oil, watercolor, and pastel. Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West explores this significant, but little known, body of work in the context of the artist's entire oeuvre and larger...


Childe Hassam ,American Impressionist
H. Barbara Weinberg
0300102933
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hassam's 50-year career is dutifully presented in this expansive catalogue. Direct influences on American Impressionist Hassam (1859–1935) include Dutch and British masters (Hassam disavowed Monet's influence, though Hassam "liberated his brushwork" in Paris), influences that mirror the painter's unfailing enthusiasm for his native country and its (and his) Anglo-Saxon forebears. Included among the 374 illustrations (244 in full color) are depictions of the urban environments Hassam cherished (Boston, New York City and Paris) as well as rose-colored, elegant views of the more rugged East Hampton and Maine. "It has been my life-long aim to retain the natural beauty and dignity of any fine old American community," Hassam wrote. His greatest achievement remains his mighty (and now iconic) flag series, and...


Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited
David Park Curry
0393028690
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
In 1894, writer Celia Thaxter published An Island Garden describing her rambling cottage garden at Appledore, on the rocky Isles of Shoals, ten miles off the New Hampshire coast. American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) illustrated her book. As a frequent visitor to the Shoals, Hassam created a series of oils, watercolors, and pastels capturing their idyllic serenity. For the first time, Curry has assembled an exhibition of many of the Shoals paintings and has written this catalog to "record not only the beauty of a poet's garden in its glory, but also the flowering of a young artist's dreams." The text provides welcome material where little exists, and the brilliant color plates evoke Hassam's aesthetic philosophy. Recommended for all American art collections.- Joan Levin, Indian Trails P.L., Wheeling,...


Impressionist New York
William H. Gerdts
0896600734
January 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
The turn of the century in America experienced both the peak of the aesthetics of impressionism and widespread growth in its greatest city--New York. Like the French impressionists in Paris, many American impressionists took to the streets, using the realities of urban life as the subject of their work. An authority on American impressionism, Dr. William H. Gerdts provides a thorough chronicle of this work and the time in which it was painted--one of public consciousness and celebration. The paintings in the book are visions of urban optimism, focusing on buildings, parks, and street scenes. Because many of the buildings in these paintings are no longer standing, this work is a documentary of a time long gone. The book balances text, image, and white space nicely. Throughout the text, sidebars of quotes by the artists and...


An Island Garden
Celia Thaxter
061819908X
March 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
In her introduction to this new edition, the gardener, writer, illustrator, and craftsperson Tasha Tudor explores the space Celia Thaxter made for herself on one of the Isles of Shoals and the place her gentle, commonsense journal has held in the hearts of gardeners and artists for over a hundred years. A popular poet in her day, Thaxter is best remembered for AN ISLAND GARDEN, originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1894. The book chronicles a year in the life of Thaxter"s garden on the island her father had purchased in 1848 and renamed Appledore Island. The hotel he built there was among New England"s first offshore summer resorts and attracted writers, musicians, and artists, including the American Impressionist Childe Hassam, whose beautiful paintings of Thaxter"s house and garden are...


American Impressionists: 24 Cards
Childe and Others Hassam
0486423999
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Among the best-loved artists, the Impressionists were famed for interpreting nature through their use of color and light. This collection of 24 art cards, filled with extraordinary artistic vitality, contains works by a number of American Impressionists, including Mother Combing Her Child's Hair, by Mary Cassatt, the earliest American artist to associate herself with the French Impressionists; Washington Arch, Spring, by Childe Hassam, one of the leading American exponents of the style; A Morning Walk, by portraitist John Singer Sargent; as well as works by William Merritt Chase, Robert Reid, Frederick Frieseke, Willard Metcalf, Frank Benson, John Henry Twachtman, and 6 others. Dover Original. 24 full-color cards on 6 plates. Introduction. Captions.

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