CHILDE HASSAM (1859-1935)
Gate of the Alhambra
signed with artist's crescent device and dated 'Childe Hassam./1883' (lower left)
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
19 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (50.2 x 31.8 cm.)
Executed in 1883
George C. Calvert, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Private collection, by descent, circa early 1950s.
Sotheby's, New York, 29 November 1990, lot 49, sold by the above.
Acquired by Ann and Gordon Getty from the above.
Further details
This painting will be included in Stuart P. Feld’s and Kathleen M. Burnside’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.

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Lot Essay

The present work is part of a group of watercolors Childe Hassam executed during his first trip through Europe in 1883. Executed in Spain, Gate of the Alhambra explores the ornamental design of the Puerta del Vino—one of the Granada palace's oldest Islamic arches—and exhibits the artist's skillful spontaneity afforded by the medium.

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