Childe Hassam (October 17, 1859 – August 27, 1935) was a brilliant American painter who had a unique impressionist style. In particular, the way he used color is inspirational. Few artists have the ability to push such rich and vivid colors without the painting appearing jarring or overdone.
Hassam was a busy artist, producing over 3,000 paintings, etchings and lithographs over the course of his career. He practiced both oil and watercolor painting, though I must say I am more of a fan of his oil paintings which really demonstrate what is possible with color.
Take the painting below for example. It is an incredibly busy interior scene with a vast range of colors. But it all seems to balance. Hassam skillfully danced between muted greens, oranges, grays and smaller areas of vivid yellow and greens.
Hassam was clearly very skilled in drawing, which is partly why he was able to be so adventurous with his colors. If your drawing is not on point, then you may need to make up for it with more accurate colors.
Another observation is that Hassam used accurate values in most of his paintings. So his accurate values combined with skillful drawing meant he was able to really push the color saturation whilst retaining a quality of realism, resulting in these intricate displays of color.
Anyway, enjoy the rest of these paintings by Childe Hassam. Let me know your favorite in the comments.
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