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Childe Hassam Art

American, 1859-1935

Childe Hassam was one of the most prolific American Impressionist painters of his day, creating more than 3,000 works of art. In addition to his love of urban scenes, Hassam is known for his portraits, landscapes and figurative paintings. He enjoyed a successful career, commercial popularity and critical acclaim, cementing an enduring legacy in American art.

Hassam was born in 1859 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, as Frederick Childe Hassam. As a teenager, he apprenticed in an engraver’s workshop but later started working as an illustrator. Hassam took a life drawing class at the Boston Art Club and an anatomy class at the Lowell Institute. In 1883, he embarked on a journey to Europe, where he began producing watercolor paintings.

Hassam returned to Boston in 1884 and married Kathleen Maude Doane. In 1886, the couple traveled to Paris together, where Hassam studied at the Academie Julian and exhibited his work at the Parisian salons. They returned to America in 1889 and took up residence in New York City.

Along with Boston and Paris, New York City featured heavily in Hassam's urban paintings. Among his most famous works is Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, representing Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

Beginning in the 1890s, Hassam spent summers painting throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. He earned numerous accolades and exhibited at museums across the country by the turn of the century. In 1915, he turned his attention to prints and etchings.

Before he died in 1935, Hassam gifted the paintings in his studio to the American Academy of Arts and Letters with instructions that they be sold and the funds used to purchase American works. Today, his art is held in numerous museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In 2016, the “Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas” exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden featured Hassam’s Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine among its showcase of American impressionist masters.

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Childe Hassam Original Etching, 1929 - “The Old Woodshed, Easthampton”
By Childe Hassam
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Original Etching by Childe Hassam (1859 - 1939). Created 1929. Title: The Old Woodshed, East Hampton Etching trimmed to plate and signed in pencil with his cypher on the lower tab. ...
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Mid-20th Century Childe Hassam Art

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OLD CHINATOWN - SAN FRANCISCO
By Childe Hassam
Located in Santa Monica, CA
CHILDE HASSAM (1859 – 1935) OLD CHINATOWN - SAN FRANCISCO 1904 (Cortissoz 95 i/iii?) Etching, 5 ¼ “ x 5”. Signed and dated in the plate and with his cypher in pencil. An early state before additional work as in the example at Cornell University. Very Scarce print. On old ledger paper. Sheet 9 5/8” x 7”. Pre San Francisco earthquake. Based on a rare photograph by Arnold Genthe...
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Early 1900s American Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Etching

The Church Across the Way
By Childe Hassam
Located in Storrs, CT
The Church Across the Way. 1916. Etching. Cortissoz, Clayton 66. 8 1/4 x 4 3/8 (sheet 10 1/16 x 6 1/8). A fine impression with carefully-wiped plate tone printed on white laid paper with a '6' partial countermark. With the usual drying tack...
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1910s American Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Etching

Marine View, Isles of Shoals
By Childe Hassam
Located in New York, NY
Childe Hassam paints a beautiful view out onto the ocean from between the trees in his artwork entitled, “Marine View, Isle of Shoals.”
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Canvas, Oil

New York Bouquet
By Childe Hassam
Located in Fairlawn, OH
New York Bouquet Lithograph, 1917 Edition: 93 Signed with the artist's cipher in pencil lower right (see photo) This lithograph is inspired by Hassam's oil painting of the same title...
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1910s American Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Lithograph

The Bather by Childe Hassam
By Childe Hassam
Located in New Orleans, LA
Childe Hassam 1859-1935 American The Bather Signed and dated “Childe Hassam” (lower right) Oil on canvas Considered by many to be America’s foremost Impressionist painter, Childe Hassam composed his tranquil and intimate oil on canvas The Bather in the early years of the 20th century. The creation of the artwork aligns with a period of Hassam’s career where the artist’s palette was transforming, matching ever closer with the pale and pastel hues of French Impressionists like Claude Monet. Even the subject — a nude woman — represents a greater alignment with the Impressionist project, as artists of the movement and their non-mythological and non-biblical nudes still generated cries of indecency. With Hassam’s signature brushwork and attention to color, The Bather serves as a dream-like vision, serene and sensuous, of a young woman bathing in a lush forest. While the artist's skill for landscape painting is on display, it is Hassam's command of form, light and color that brings this canvas to life. He creates a captivating composition, placing the nude subject in the bottom left of the canvas. The soft, undulating curves of the woman's body in contrapposto and the glow of her fair skin are balanced by the strong verticals and deep earth tones of the tall trees to her right. Hassam delicately frames the nude in the vivid blues of the distant water, building luminous color that further draws the viewer’s eye and results in a somewhat voyeuristic appeal — endowing his nude with both a natural innocence and an intentional sensuality. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Childe Hassam began his artistic career as a freelance illustrator, working for national publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s Monthly, and The Century. His first solo exhibition of watercolors took place in Boston in 1883, and he quickly catapulted onto the international scene, winning a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. The year before the present work was created, he received the Webb Prize from the Society of American Artists for another landscape painted at Gloucester. Hassam would receive numerous other awards throughout his career, most notably the Gold Medal for Distinguished Services to Fine Art from the American Dealers Association. A true master, Hassam depicted a way of life characteristic of both American and French society, and his work elucidates a critical chapter in American art history. Today, his work resides in the Oval Office of the White House and in numerous important museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others. This painting will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work. Circa 1905 Canvas: 24 1/2“ high x 20 18” wide Frame: 35 7/8“ high x 31 1/4” wide x 3 1/4“ deep Provenance: Private Collection of William Young...
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20th Century Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Oil, Canvas

The Broad Curtain
By Childe Hassam
Located in New York, NY
A superb, richly-inked impression of this very scarce lithotint on Japan paper. Edition of approximately 55. Signed with the artist's cypher in pencil, lower right.
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1910s American Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Lithograph

French Cruiser
By Childe Hassam
Located in New York, NY
Childe Hassam (1859-1935), French Cruiser, lithotint, 1918, signed in pencil with the cipher lower right. Reference: Griffith 8. In very good condition, printed in black ink on cream...
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1910s American Impressionist Childe Hassam Art

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Lithograph

THE BIG HORSE CHESTNUT TREE,
By Childe Hassam
Located in Portland, ME
Hassam, Childe. THE BIG HORSE CHESTNUT TREE, EASTHAMPTON. C/C 304. Etching, 1922. Signed with the cypher and inscribed "imp." in pencil, and signed, date...
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Childe Hassam Art

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Etching

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Signed, titled, and dated in the stone lower right. Artist's cipher lower right (see photo) Edition: 101 An impression of this lithograph is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Hassam also created a painting of this historic Gloucester landmark in 1918 which is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Universalist Independent Christian Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts was dedicated in 1806 and housed a congregation associated with the granting of religious freedom to all denominations. It was also celebrated for its bell, cast at Paul Revere's foundry. Reference: Fuller Griffith, "The Lithographs of Childe Hassam: A Catalogue," Bulletin U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution 232 (1962):, No. 41 Condition: Excellent Image size: 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches Sheet size: 17 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches Provenance: Kennedy Galleries Mrs. George A. Martin Baldwin Wallace College, deaccessioned 2010 "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 (67.187.127). 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.” After establishing his reputation in Boston between 1882 and 1886, Hassam studied from 1886 to 1889 in Paris. There he was unusual among his American contemporaries in his attraction to French Impressionism, which was just beginning to find favor with American collectors. Hassam returned to the United States late in 1889 and took up lifelong residence in New York. His signature images include views of Boston, Paris, and New York, three urban centers whose places and pleasures he captured with affection and originality. Examples include Winter in Union Square (43.116.2) and Spring Morning in the Heart of the City (43.116.1), both of which record lively sections of New York during the first decade of Hassam’s activity there. While Hassam was unusual among the American Impressionists for his frequent depictions of burgeoning cities, he spent long periods in the countryside. There he found respite from urban pressures and inspiration for numerous important works of art. Hassam’s many portrayals of the old-fashioned gardens, rocky coast, and radiant sunlight of the Isles of Shoals...
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Childe Hassam - Banks of the Seine, impressionist, american, french, cart, horse
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Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Banks of the Seine 1888 oil on canvas 22.8 x 27.9 cm signed and dated 'Childe Hassam 1888' (lower left) Price: $136,500 USD (inc. 5% UK import VAT) Provenance: Mrs. Ernest E. Quomtrell, Bronxville, New York Grand Central Art Galleries, New York Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York Mr. and Mrs. George Bowdoin, New York Mr. Frederick Woolworth, New York Bernard Danenberg Galleries, New York Carola Warburg Rothschild, New York William Doyle Galleries, New York, no. 71 Spanierman Gallery, New York Notes: Please note this work will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's works. Childe Hassam was a prominent and prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Hassam was instrumental in promulgating Impressionism to American collectors, dealers, and museums. He produced over 3,000 paintings, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs in his career, and his most famous works are the "Flag" paintings, completed during World War I. Childe Hassam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He studied at the Boston Art School and in 1883 moved to Paris to study with two academic artists, Louis Boulanger...
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