Childe Hassam, Artist: A Short Personal Sketch, 1932 | From the Vaults

The American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam is known today for his depictions of New England landscapes and portraits of life in turn-of-the-century New York. In this “personal sketch” of the artist, watch Hassam go for a swim, play golf, review preparatory drawings, paint in his studio, and even stroll through The Met’s galleries—where he goes to visit his first canvas to enter the Museum’s collection, “Coast Scene, Isles of Shoals” (1901). Featuring a new musical score written and performed by Ben Model.

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