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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

HASSAM, CHILDE

(HAS-um, Chill-dee) (1859-1935)

ALLIES DAY, MAY 1917 NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART WASHINGTON, D.C.

20th Century American Date: 1917 Size: 36 1/2” x 30 1/4”

Medium: Oil on Canvas

ARTIST - Childe Hassam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He studied at The Boston School of Art, was apprenticed to an engraver and then became an illustrator.

Influenced by Impressionism during its peak in Paris, he became a member of "The Ten," a group of artists who rebelled against academic styles. Hassam was a resident of New York and used New York life as one of his favorite subjects endowing it with a light, sparkling color. He also favored rural New England scenes.

PRINT - Allies Day, May 1917 embodies Impressionism so strongly that New York City takes on a French atmosphere. The gray stone sparkles with a hundred tiny brush strokes of color. The red, white and blue flags swing across the avenue in graceful arcs and a clear light bathes the entire painting. It is typical of Hassam's light, pleasant, highly decorative manner.

PORTFOLIO C PAIRED WITH:

WOODVILLE WAITING FOR THE STAGE

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