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Denver Art Museum

Childe Hassam "Poppies"

Childe Hassam "Poppies"

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From: Denver Art Museum
Limited Edition: 34
Exhibition: Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
Material: Printed vinyl
Dimensions: 30" x 89" (76cm x

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The vibrantly colored, richly textured landscapes of American Impressionist Childe Hassam are his hallmark. One of his most stunning works is the view of a field of poppies overlooking the sea which is featured on 34 banners from the Denver Art Museum. Poppies on the Isles of Shoals painted in 1890 incorporates an Impressionist sensibility for light with a Modernist approach to loose, textured brushstrokes.


Frederick Childe Hassam was known for his atmospheric paintings of landscapes, so it was only fitting that he was included in the exhibition Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. His fragmented brushstrokes, use of light, and desire to capture fleeting moments place him squarely in the Impressionist tradition. However, Hassam himself did not wish to be called an Impressionist, rather considering himself a “painter of light and air.”

This banner features a delightful image of one of Hassam’s most evocative works, Poppies on the Isles of Shoals from 1890. The scene over the poppy-covered hills to the sea bursts with color, motion, and life. Combining rich, muted colors with choppy brushstrokes, Hassam captures not merely the beauty of the flowers but their rhythmic dance in an unseen breeze and the vastness of the view beyond them. In his work he melds the small, detailed aspects of nature with its more grand, expansive elements.

On the heathery, wheat-colored sky above the blue sea, light blue text reads “Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism” Below the image a similarly straw-colored band includes light blue and black text with the exhibition closing date and the museum’s name, “Through September 7/Denver Art Museum”. Both sides of the banner are identical.


These banners were displayed around Denver, Colorado from June 13 through September 7, 2008 to promote the exhibition Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition was also seen at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.


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