Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester
Watercolor on paper
8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000
Childe Hassam worked as an accountant
and illustrator before turning to art as a full-time career. By
the late 1870s, Hassam had begun to paint views in and around Boston,
including Gloucester, a fishing town forty miles north, where he
met other artists. While in Gloucester he was encouraged by his
success in selling watercolors. He decided to stop being an illustrator
in order to commit himself to painting. Following trips to Europe
in the 1880s, Hassam incorporated into his work the spirit of French
Gloucester was to remain
an inspiration for American artists well into the 20th century.
For other examples of American works inspired by this the town,
see Marsden Hartley's Shell and Sea Anemones, Gloucester
(c. 1934) and Stuart Daviss Waterfront (1935).