Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) Lady in a Garden 18 x 15in (Painted circa 1890.) Kayla Carlsen
Sold for $905,000 in New York, 19 November 2014

Art Market Review

Issue 9, July - December 2014

Page 24

In, Lady in a Garden, Hassam explored one of the many gardens on Appledore Island off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire where he was a frequent visitor and guest of Celia Thacker – an avid patron of the arts – and her brother. The scenery emphasises the remote location that Appledore provided, with the undefined space in the distance. Despite the distinctive profile of the garden, it is not easily identifiable among Hassam's garden imagery. The foliage reaching to the upper expanse of the picture is reminiscent of the garden scenery in Thaxter's garden, yet the greenery depicted does not directly correspond with the vegetation it was known for. Folded into the thick foliage is a silhouette of a female figure, likely to be Mrs. Childe Hassam, who is delicately presented with quick, subtle brush strokes, creating a sense of light. The pale pink and blue hues that accent the composition are complemented by the greenery that generously fills the space.

Kayla Carlsen
Head of Sales of American Art

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