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The Island Garden SAAM-1929.6.64 1


The Island Garden SAAM-1929.6.64 1



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Childe Hassam (1859–1935), a pioneer of American Impressionism and perhaps its most devoted, prolific, and successful practitioner, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (now a suburb of Boston), into a family descended from settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Equally adept at capturing the excitement of modern cities and the charms of country retreats, Hassam (properly pronounced HASS-am) became the foremost chronicler of New York City at the turn of the century. In our day, he is perhaps best known for his depictions of flag-draped Fifth Avenue during World War I. His finest works manifest his brilliant handling of color and light and reflect his credo (stated in 1892) that “the man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of every-day life around him.”

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) was an American Impressionist painter known for his urban and coastal scenes. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, he showed an early talent for art. Hassam studied at the Boston Art Club and later travelled to Paris, where he was exposed to the Impressionist movement. Upon his return to the United States, Hassam became a leading figure in American Impressionism. He was known for his use of light and colour to capture the essence of modern life, often painting street scenes, landscapes and coastal views. Some of his most famous works include "Flags on 57th Street, Winter 1918" and "The Avenue in the Rain".





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