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Bridge in Snow (Brooklyn Bridge in Winter)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Bridge in Snow (Brooklyn Bridge in Winter)

Artist: Childe Hassam (American, 1859 - 1935)
Date: ca. 1894
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 42 7/8 × 36 × 1 3/4 in. (108.9 × 91.4 × 4.4 cm.)
Image (visible): 31 1/4 × 24 3/8 in. (79.4 × 61.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1961.47
Accession number: 1961.47
Classification: painting
Copyright:Public Domain
Label TextJust ten years before the famous "Eight" organized in 1908 and became known as "The Ash-Can School", a splinter group from the Society of American Artists organized to oppose academic tradition in favor of of individual experiments, calling themselves "The Ten". This group included Twachtman, Weir and Childe Hassam, among the most advanced American painters of the time. Born in 1859, Hassam received his early training in Boston and, as a young painter, established a reputation as a luminist, even before his firsthand encounter with the impressionists. In Paris in the mid-eighties, Hassam was influenced especially by the work of Monet. Throughout his life, the American scene was recorded and interpreted in his impressionist style. Recently acquired for the J. Emory Coffin Collection "Bridge in Snow" is an outstanding example of the impressionist technique combined with an unusual palette to interpret the scene. The cold greys accent the cold light. Figures emerge from the background where architecture and atmosphere are all but one. Source: Bulletin, October 1961.
SignedChilde Hassam (l,r oil paint)
Childe Hassam (verso)
Exhibition History"Selected Works from the Des Moines Art Center's Permanent Collection," organized by the Waterloo Municipal Galleries, sponsored by the National Bank of Waterloo, Oct. 24 - Nov. 20, 1983, (circulated to: Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Jan. 15 - Feb. 26, 1984; Muscatine Art Center, April 1 - May 13, 1984; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, May 27 - July 1, 1984; Sioux City Art Center, July 15 - Aug. 26, 1984)

"Highlights from Three Collections: The Bohen, Coffin and Cowles Collections," Des Moines Art Center, July 8 - Sept. 11, 1983

"76 - A Birthday for a Nation and for a Museum," Charles H. MacNider Museum, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Mason City, Jan. 10 - Feb. 15, 1976

"A Look at American Landscapes," Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Jan. 9 - Feb. 19, 1966

"Childe Hassam," Hirschl and Adler Galleries, N. Y., Feb. 18 - Mar. 14, 1964
Published ReferencesHUGO REISINGER COLLECTION SALE, The Plaza, New York, Jan. 18-19, 1916, cat. no.25, ill. (In the sale catalogue, the illustration of this painting shows the date 1894 following Hassam's signature. This date is no longer on the painting)

DMAC Bulletin, Oct. 1961, cover ill.

"Childe Hassam," Hirschl and Adler Galleries, N. Y., 1964, exh. cat. no.33

"76 - A Birthday for a Nation and for a Museum," Charles H. MacNider Museum, 1976, exh. cat. no.20

THE NATHAN EMORY COFFIN COLLECTION, a portfolio of fifty selections from the collection, published by the Des Moines Art Center in 1981 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nathan Emory Coffin, b/w ill.

"Selected Works from the Des Moines Art Center's Permanent Collection," Waterloo Municipal Galleries, 1983, exh. cat. no.16

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. pp.81 & 82, b/w ill. pl.59, p.82

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. & color detail p.135, color ill. p.134

Richard Haw "Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History", Routledge, 2008, color ill. pg. 102
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