Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plein Air Egypt Beach

The weather was perfect for a return to Egypt Beach in East Hampton. Egypt Beach lies at the edge of the historic Maidstone Club, once the club of artist Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935) and the subject of numerous of his paintings. 
Childe Hassam had a home just up the road on Egypt Lane from 1919 until his death in 1935, the book, "Childe Hassam American Impressionist" by H. Barbara Weinberg describes his idylic life:
He enjoyed East Hampton's social and recreational activities, especially the genteel Maidstone Club, founded in 1891, where he swam every day and on whose course at the end of Egypt Lane he played golf. "I belong to the Golf Club, swim and paint when I feel like it," As an obituary notice stated, "He lived with gusto, smoked a pipe, played golf, kept a good cellar, buffeted the East Hampton surf with a great, bronzed body, and worked joyously until his last illnesss." 
The Dome Green (Maidstone) by Frederick Childe Hassam, 1923
8" x 21" oil on wood panel
View of the Maidstone Club. 
Dune Hazard No. 2 1922 by Frederick Childe Hassam
22" x 44" oil on canvas
Hugh chose a view of both land and sea.
Egypt Beach (in process) by Hugh Gallagher
10" x 20" oil on canvas board
East Course, Maidstone Club by Childe Hassam, 1926
7.9" x 10 3/4" oil on board
View of Maidstone from the beach entry path.
I chose the beach path view. 
Egypt Beach by Gail Gallagher
9" x 12" oil on canvas board
While we were painting, Durell Godfrey, photographer and writer for the East Hampton Star happened by. 
Sandals left on the sand at the beach entry. 
"Married" pairs piled together. 
Uncle Benny's Dune by Childe Hassam, 1925
21 1/4" x 30" oil on panel
Old Beach Lane, surfboard in the back.
On the Links by Childe Hassam, 1926
oil on canvas board 10 1/4" x 12 3/4"
Clicking photos on the fly.
Mixed Foursome by Childe Hassam, 1923
oil on canvas 27 1/4" x 44 1/4 " 
Beneath the old trees on Dunemere, just another couple of daubers on the road to town after a day of plein air painting the Hamptons.


  1. I love this post..I get to see your sights..the way you see them..you two..and your work.
    What a place!


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