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  • Frederick Childe Hassam
    Oct 17, 1859 - Aug 27, 1935
  • The Avenue in the Rain - Frederick Childe Hassam was a prominent and prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Along with Mary Cassatt and John Henry Twachtman, Hassam was instrumental in promulgating Impressionism to American collectors, dealers, and the museums.He was a founding member of The Ten, an influential group of American artists of the early 20th century. His most famous works are the "Flag" paintings, completed during World War I.
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  • 1917
    Oil on canvas
    106.68 cm (42 in.) x 56.52 cm (22.25 in.)
    White House Collection, United States.

    Notes from Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008
    "The Avenue in the Rain . . . is one of some 30 related paintings of flag-decorated streets that the artist [Childe Hassam] produced between 1916 and 1919, during and immediately after the First World War. . . . [T]hey are intensely patriotic works . . . .
    ". . . The avenue is Fifth Avenue, frequently decorated with American flags as American sentiment moved . . . from isolationism toward intervention. The artist's most striking device here is the projection of flags into the picture from points of unseen anchor beyond the frame . . . . In one sense the flags become the surface of the painting . . . .

    "Observing shadows to be bluish rather than black, the Impressionists often became mannered in their use of blue, making it a dominant hue in many of their paintings. . . .

    [H]ere the rain and the rain-slicked streets give [Hassam] an excuse for a literal wash of blue and blue-gray, enhanced by a profusion of reflections."

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stars Garry Hartsock from United States.
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Very, very happy with our painting -- not all that enthused about the amount of time it took to ship -- but the painting itself was awesome. Is is framed and hangs in the halls of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, USA.
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Other paintings by Frederick Childe Hassam:

Fifth Avenue in Winter 1919
Fifth Avenue in Winter 1919
Royal Palms, Melena, Cuba
Royal Palms, Melena, Cuba
The Fourth of July, 1916
The Fourth of July, 1916
Street Scene, Christmas Morning
Street Scene, Christmas Morning
Frederick Childe HassamFrederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) was a pioneer American impressionist painter whose work always retained a definitely native flavor.

Childe Hassam was born in Dorchester, Mass., on Oct. 17, 1859. He was early interested in art, and instead of going to college he went to work in a wood engraver's shop in Boston. Those were the great days of American illustration, and soon his work appeared in all kinds of magazines. During the evenings he drew nudes at the Boston Arts Club, and on weekends he worked outdoors with landscape painters. He soon had his own studio and his own students.

In 1883 Hassam went to Europe for a year. On his return he married a childhood friend, Kathleen Maude Doane. The couple moved to Paris for 3 years, where Hassam earned a good living doing magazine illustrations and painting pictures which he sent home to dealers. His early Paris street scenes are among his finest works. He continued studying, at the Académie Julian, but his painting, propelled by the rising wind of impressionism, soon veered away from the academic.

Hassam easily absorbed the bright colors, the white light, and the pale palette of impressionism. His main concern from this time on was light; his figures, not his best work, are flat patterns, and even his excellent etchings are studies in light. The striking results of his interest in light are best seen in his paintings of landscapes, rocky coasts, and the white churches of Gloucester and East Hampton.

As soon as he could, Hassam devoted himself entirely to painting. He early received honors—a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition (1889) and a silver medal at Munich (1892). A born painter, he certainly enjoyed painting more than anything else. However, he was somewhat touchy about his debt to the French impressionists, insisting that the modern movement in painting was founded on John Constable, William Turner, and Richard Bonington. But the fact is that he painted more like Claude Monet than did Theodore Robinson, who was Monet's avowed disciple; and Hassam's work was far more derivative than Alden Weir's or John Twachtman's, and hence, possibly, all the easier to understand and accept.

Hassam never gave up painting the figure, particularly after he settled in New York in 1889. His colorful New York is not unrelated to Camille Pissarro's Paris, and his famous flag series is heavily dependent on Édouard Manet's influence. Hassam was a member of "The Ten" and a regular exhibitor at the Carnegie International and at the annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy.

Hassam was a large, red-faced gentleman, proud of his New England ancestry. His life was without trials. He was lively and cheerful, rather aggressive and outgoing. He died in East Hampton, Long Island, on Aug. 27, 1935, leaving all his work to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.