SUNSET AT SEA
34x34" Oil on Canvas, 1911
by Childe Hassam
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis Unversity, Waltham
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Geller, New York
"Sunset at Sea," an oil on canvas defined by a red sky set against a shimmering green ocean, was painted in 1911 by the Dorchester-born Hassam and donated to the Rose in 1958. It has rarely been displayed at the museum.
Hassam, who died in 1935, painted "Sunset at Sea" as one of a series of pictures inspired by his time visiting Appledore, an island off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. The painting has been exhibited at many museums across the country; in 2004 it was featured in a Hassam show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Rose Art Museum sold this prized painting by Impressionist artist Childe Hassam for an estimated $3.7 million at an auction at Christie's in 2007. This sale was the largest in the Brandeis University museum's history.
"Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain." ~ Childe Hassam