The pastel medium, which Hassam easily adopted and mastered in his exploration of Impressionism, allowed him to work spontaneously using pure color to capture the myriad subjects that interested him. The New York Tribune lauded his talents: “In all his…pastels, Mr. Hassam is straightforward and wholly in sympathy with the essential qualities of his material…Each factor in his composition falls naturally into its place; forms are indicated truthfully and without assertive artifice.”1 Cos Cob, Connecticut, from 1902, likely depicts the span found at the foot of the Bush-Holley House, a popular gathering spot for visiting artists, crossing over to Palmer Point.
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1“Mr. Childe Hassam’s Step Forward,” New York Daily Tribune, December 3, 1902, p. 10
By bequest to the American of Arts and Letters, New York
Kathleen Rothe, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, by bequest from the above, 1965
Collection, New York, May 2004
With Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
To private collection, Columbia, South Carolina
1). Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, with painting description
2). Museum of Fine Arts – Boston / Artist: F. Childe Hassam / Title: Cos Cob / Medium: Pastel on paper / Dim: (blank) / Acc. No. 65.1298
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Stuart P. Feld and Kathleen M. Burnside
Hassam, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965