. . . then famous for its artist colony. Social life on the island revolved around the salon of poet Celia Thaxter, who hosted artists and literary figures. The group was a 'jolly, refined, interesting and artistic set of people . . . like one large family.' There, Hassam recalled, 'I spent some of my pleasantest summers . . . [and] met the best people in the country.' Hassam's subjects for his paintings included Thaxter's flower garden, the rocky landscape, and some interior scenes. . . . In Impressionist fashion, he applied his colors 'perfectly clear out of the tube' to unprimed canvas without pre-mixing. Artists displayed their work in Thaxter's salon and were exposed to wealthy buyers staying on the island. Thaxter died in 1894, and in tribute Hassam painted her parlor in The Room of Flowers."
Oh, it must have been splendid to spend an entire summer wandering the island, setting up an easel and painting away, then capping off the day with a convivial evening among creative spirits!
Here are a few paintings by Childe Hassam from those pleasant summer days, including ones of Celia and her "Room of Flowers."
|Hollyhocks — Appledore|
|Celia Thaxter in Her Garden|
|The Room of Flowers|