- Hassam’s broken brushwork deftly mixes a variety of angles and textures. Dark and rough vertical brushstrokes re-create the steepness of the cliff face where the tide rises. Lighter brushstrokes dash diagonally around the contours of the top of the cliff.
- This treatment gives the rock a sense of bulk and weight, hallmarks of the American treatment of Impressionism. They contrast with the French Impressionists’ tendency to dissolve volume into flat surfaces of color and brushwork.
- Hassam spent his summers painting along the Atlantic seaboard. He often painted the rocky shores of Appledore Island, off the Maine coast, an area frequented by many of the day’s leading artists, writers, and musicians.
Purchased from the Inaugural Exhibition by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1906.