Art Love and Art Knowledge

June 25, 2016 at 12:20 am (Art)

Lately I’ve  found even more ways to love and learn about art – especially American art. This is mainly due to a magazine I recently picked up at a Hallmark store: Hassam

Here are a few of the gems contained therein. (As always, click to enlarge):

Annie and Frankie by Anthony Benton Gude

Annie and Frankie by Anthony Benton Gude

Brook in the Woods by T.C. Steele

Brook in the Woods by T.C. Steele

Susie Kent Southwick by Thomas Waterman Wood

Susie Kent Southwick by Thomas Waterman Wood

 

Moonrise Isles of Shoals by Childe Hassam

Moonrise Isles of Shoals by Childe Hassam

 

Helen Lundeberg Self-Portrait

Helen Lundeberg Self-Portrait

 

Veteran by Thomas Waterman Wood

Veteran by Thomas Waterman Wood

View of Bagni di Tiberio, Capri, by Charles C Colman

View of Bagni di Tiberio, Capri, by Charles C Colman

On the magazine’s cover is Flower Garden by Childe Hassam. A feature article within covers an exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art (in Raleigh) entitled Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals. I could not help feeling that it was providential that I should happen upon this issue of this magazine. Childe Hassam was a friend and associate of Celia Thaxter’s; Thaxter and her family ran a resort hotel on Appledore, the archipelago’s largest island. In addition, she was an artist and a poet.

A smaller island in The Isles of Shoals group was called Smuttynose. It is an appropriately sinister name. In 1873 a horrific double murder occurred there. Celia Thaxter describes what happened in “A Memorable Murder,” a lengthy essay published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1875. It is a heartbreaking account, a true Murder of the Innocents, a transgression for which there could never be any atonement.

I first encountered this story two years ago in Harold Schechter’s True Crime anthology. It has haunted me ever since.

Celia Thaxter in her Garden by Childe Hassam

Celia Thaxter in her Garden by Childe Hassam

 

 

 

 

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