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Childe Hassam : “Peach Blossoms-Villiers-le-Bel” (1887-1889)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

Childe Hassam’s transition to Impressionism took place during his sojourn to Paris from 1887 to 1889, where he had intended to study at the Académie Julian. Finding it “the personification of routine,” and academic training a rut that “crushes all originality out of growing men,” he quickly moved on to self-study, encountering the works of the Impressionists and adapting their style to his own.

During his summers he visited the country retreat of Ernest Blumenthal at Villiers-le-Bel in the Oise River Valley, about ten miles northeast of Paris, where Thomas Couture had lived and painted. His canvases of its well-manicured garden anticipate his later work at the Isles of Shoals, where he became enamored of the poet Celia Thaxter’s island garden. Peach Blossoms — Villiers-le-Bel is a clever departure from these, depicting an overgrown peach tree situated outside the confines of the carefully-tended estate.

“Here,” observes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Hassam celebrated the beauty of cultivated nature now gone wild, playing off the bent Y-shaped trunk against the tangled veil of blooming branches that surmounts it. The unruly teach tree is delectably dynamic, especially in contrast to the controlled nature that usually preoccupied Hassam at Villiers-le-Bel.”

Hassam’s choice of subject may have been inspired by his interest in Japanese art, then in vogue among the French avant-garde. The asymmetrical, white-blossoming tree recalls Hiroshige’s Plum Park in Kameido, which was copied by Vincent van Gogh in 1887.

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

Shipping and Returns

All orders ship within one business day. The following services are available at checkout:

United States
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USPS Priority Mail Express $62.99 3 – 5 business days

* International orders may be subject to import taxes at time of delivery.

Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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