If you're interested in the history of the Cos Cob Art Colony, then you'll appreciate the upcoming "Lost Landscape Revealed: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob" exhibition running at Greenwich Historical Society from January 16 – March 28, 2021 (with Member Preview Days on Wednesday–Friday, January 13-15).
In August 2020 the Greenwich Historical Society made a significant addition to its collection of Cos Cob art colony paintings with the acquisition of the The Red Mill, Cos Cob by American Impressionist painter F. Childe Hassam. The Red Mill, Cos Cob presents a view across the Cos Cob Harbor toward the Palmer & Duff shipyard, once located on a peninsula in the Mianus River opposite the Holley boarding house – now the Bush-Holley House.
Painted during Hassam’s first visit to the Holley House in the autumn of 1896, the canvas has been in private hands since the artist’s death in 1935 and rarely exhibited. It will be debuted to the public in an intimate focus exhibition opening at the Greenwich Historical Society in January 2021.
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The Cos Cob Art Colony played a major role in the development of American art, because it was here that the leading American Impressionist artists gathered to discuss their work and to teach. Among the early members were Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman and J. Alden Weir.
Drawing from the Historical Society’s collections the exhibition will offer a glimpse into the past, exploring how Hassam and fellow artists captured the fleeting character of Cos Cob’s Lower Landing in the nineteenth century. Although the shipyard and its sloops and schooners have disappeared from the landscape, through paintings, photographs and artifacts this one-time busy mercantile district will be brought to life.
Image: Childe Hassam, The Red Mill, Cos Cob, 1896. Oil on canvas. Greenwich Historical Society, Museum Purchase with funds from Susan G. and James T. Larkin, Sally and Larry Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin, Debbie and Russ Reynolds, Reba and Dave Williams and Lily Downing and David Yudain