To mark the arrival of Spring, Dickinson New York presents In Bloom, featuring oil paintings and works on paper by leading names in American Impressionism including Metcalf, Hassam and Sargent. Two highlights, Willard Metcalf’s The Path and Childe Hassam’s Woman Reading (Portrait of Nellie Dubois Boyle), will be offered for sale for the first time in over 30 years.
Metcalf’s The Path, painted in the summer of 1912, is a vibrant exploration of sunlight and shadow by the ‘poet laureate of the New England Hills’. Having spent time studying in Europe and visited Monet at Giverny, Metcalf was admired by collectors for his ability to combine the techniques of French Impressionism with a uniquely American sensibility. Although the location of this landscape is not specifically identified, it is likely to depict either the area around the Cornish artists’ colony in New Hampshire or Midcoast Maine.
Metcalf’s friend Childe Hassam, likewise a leading figure in American Impressionist circles, initially made his reputation as a watercolorist. A visit to Europe taught him the importance of painting en plein air, and, in Woman Reading, Hassam depicts his friend, pupil and frequent model Nellie Dubois Boyle absorbed in a book on a grassy river bank. The work remained with the family of the sitter until the 1980s.
In Bloom will be on view at Dickinson New York, 980 Madison Avenue, from 22 March through 30 April.