Cliff Rock--Appledore

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Cliff Rock - Appledore
Hassam, Childe - Cliff Rock - Appledore - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistChilde Hassam
Year1903 (1903)
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions74 cm × 91 cm (29 in × 36 in)
LocationIndianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
OwnerIndianapolis Museum of Art

Cliff Rock - Appledore is an oil painting by American artist Childe Hassam, painted in 1903. It is currently part of the permanent collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Inspired by the French impressionists of the time, Childe painted vibrant, colorful lines filled with action and movement. The varying brushstrokes and loose handling of the medium, Childe shows his confident free handling. Blue ocean reflects onto the large, sun-bleached rock, while Childe’s open strokes leads the viewer’s eye back into the painting, off into the distance to the shores beyond, which are barely hinted at with lines of cream and green. Through the broken brushstrokes, Childe’s desire for realism shines through with his use of shadows and broken reflection of the water.[1]

Historical information[edit]

Hassam, like many American painters at the turn of the century, studied in Paris, France for three years. He adopted the impressionist style as his own, and worked closely with other American Impressionists such as Mary Cassatt. Childe is often hailed as a pure example of the American Impressionist movement.[1]

A native New Endlander, Childe heavily favored the New England area for his work, and spent his time painting much of the Atlantic Coast. This shore is the shore of Appledore, one of the nine islands that make up the Isles of Shoals, located off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. Appledore was the location of a small artist colony.[2]


Cliff Rock - Appledore was purchased at its inaugural exhibition in 1906 by the John Herron Art Fund.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Cliff Rock - Appledore gallery label". Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Fredrick Childe Hassam Biography". Retrieved 12 August 2012.