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Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam’s Washington Arch, Spring

Washington Arch, Spring, Childe Hassam
Washington Arch, Spring, Childe Hassam

The link is to a zoomable version on the GoogleArt Project; there is a downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

What has always fascinated me about this painting — one of Hassam’s most recognizable works — is the seeming defiance of compositional norms. Hassam has taken a point of view that places the arch behind a row of trees that fill what most artists might consider its most interesting feature: the opening and framed space beyond.

Washington Arch, Spring, Google Art Project