Artist: Childe Hassam (New York 1859 - 1935) Watercolor
Signed lower left
Watercolor/Gouache On Paper
Painting Size: 11 x 15in.
Frame Size: 18 1/2 x 22 1/2in.
Created in Circa 1910s
Private Collection Pennsylvania
Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Childe Hassam became one of America's most noted Impressionist painters, but he never labelled himself in that way asserting he was more interested in the emotional content of his paintings than the technique of applying color. He also completed over 350 etchings and drypoints and about 45 lithographs, most of them after he was 56 years old. Watercolor was another specialty, and Hassam was one of the founders of the New York Water Color Society.
On this journey, Hassam had his first opportunity to view Impressionism, the style of painting for which he would become known. He studied at the Academie Julian under Louis Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre, but he rejected the Academy's teaching methods of conformity to focus on the tenets of Impressionism.
He was a founder of the Ten American Painters, active from 1898 to 1919 in rebellion against what the members perceived as mediocrity of the Society of American Artists, a group led by John La Farge and George Inness who earlier had defected from the National Academy of Design.
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