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Bailey's Beach, Newport, R.I.

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Childe Hassam
American, 1859–1935

About this artwork

Childe Hassam, like other American Impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recorded scenes of leisure and recreation, especially country vacation retreats. This painting portrays fashionable Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island, an exclusive seaside town known at the time for its wealth and luxury. Hassam depicted sand dunes rising from behind the beach with the promenade and its costumed bathers at a distance, reinforcing the fact that he, and the viewer, are excluded from this privileged setting. The artist’s Impressionist strategies—including the use of scintillating colors, energetic brushwork, and a light palette—capture the vibrant atmosphere of this sunny resort.


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Arts of the Americas


Childe Hassam


Bailey's Beach, Newport, R.I.


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower left: Childe Hassam 1901 On back: c.1901


61 × 66 cm (24 × 26 in.)

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Walter H. Schulze Memorial Collection

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