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Childe Hassam (painter), Poppies, Isles of Shoals 1891 oil on canvas overall: 50.2 x 61 cm (19 3/4 x 24 in.) framed: 73.5 x 83.8 x 6.7 cm (28 15/16 x 33 x 2 5/8 in.)

Artful Moments for Frontline Workers

Art has the power to restore our selves during times of stress. In honor of the beginning of National Nurses Week today and in appreciation for everything nurses and all health care professionals are undertaking, we would like to offer a moment of quiet reprieve—for health care workers and anyone else who could benefit. Building on a Mindful Looking exercise, we invite you to take some time away from complications and worry by exploring a work of art with us in a guided meditation.

With this video, join us to delve into Childe Hassam’s Poppies, Isles of Shoals on your own, with a loved one, or with a colleague. I find myself drawn to the fresh, clear, sunny spot depicted in this painting. Your experience with this work won’t be quite the same as anyone else’s, but we hope that spending some time in the serene setting will provide some respite from the complexities you’re navigating.

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Childe Hassam, Poppies, Isles of Shoals, 1891, oil on canvas, Gift of Margaret and Raymond Horowitz, 1997.135.1

Thank you for everything you’re doing for all of us.