"Ellen Day Hale’s view of Chocorua is beautifully subtle. The atmosphere of the region appears to have captured a quiet corner of her imagination, and this scene appears to me to show the peak and it’s reflecting lake in the moments before daybreak. When I’m camping, those few moments before sunrise are my favorite. For me, this is a view out of the tentflap, cradling a steaming mug of coffee and listening for loon calls." - Tyler M. Prince, Director of Sales
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Ellen Day Hale’s early paintings were marked by their bold color and strong compositional elements, but she gradually developed a brighter palette in line with the Impressionist movement occurring in Europe and later imported to Boston in the last decades of the 19th century.
Her brother, the artist Philip Leslie Hale, embraced the Impressionists’ techniques after spending time in Giverny and while she didn’t journey to the French countryside herself, soon after her return to Massachusetts in 1883, Ellen Day Hale adapted the lighter tones and softly modeled forms to her portraits and figure paintings of beautiful young women in well-appointed interiors, as well as her landscapes, as seen in the lovely Mt. Chocorua, which illustrates the subtle palette, freer brushwork and observation of atmospheric effects that resulted from her initial trip abroad. Prior to the turn of the century, Hale explored throughout the east coast from New England to Charleston, South Carolina, in addition to making return trips to Europe.
Private collection, Littleton, Massachusetts
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 32600