March 19 – June 19, 2016 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Times: Tues.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm
Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
Childe Hassam is justly celebrated as the foremost American impressionist painter. Among his greatest achievements are the hundreds of paintings he created over nearly 30 summers on the Isles of Shoals, a cluster of rocky islands 10 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.
This exhibition, jointly organized with the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, will feature approximately 35 of Hassam’s finest Shoals paintings in oil and watercolor, borrowed from major public and private collections. Taken together, these paintings offer a sustained reverie on nature and the pleasure of painting. They possess a rapturous sense of place: the blue Atlantic breaking against rocks and swirling in tidal pools, dense thickets of laurel wedged in granite crags, a splendid island garden with its gem-like blossoms, and the whole island world suffused with a silvered northern light. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. This is a ticketed exhibit.