Childe Hassam  (American, 1859-1935) 

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Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935) was a respected painter known for his colorful outdoor scenes. Born Frederick Childe Hassam in Dorchester, MA, he later dropped Frederick and became known as Childe. Though he was born into a successful family, his father lost everything in the great fire of 1872. Hassam left high school and began working as an apprentice to a local engraver to help with the family finances. Early in his career, he concentrated on watercolors and illustrations. He attended the Boston Art Club and moved to Paris in 1883, where he studied under Louis Boulanger (French, 1806–1867) and Jules Joseph Lefebvre (French, 1836–1911). In 1884, he continued his schooling at Academie Julian, one of the top art schools in the world.

After three years in France, Hassam returned to the United States, where he became involved in the New York social scene. In 1890, he co-founded the New York Water Color Club with several other artists. He later joined the American Water Color Society, the Players Club, and the Society of American Artists. Along with J. Alden Weir (American, 1852–1919), John Henry Twatchman (American, 1853–1902), and eight fellow artists, he formed a group called "The Ten American Painters." The group considered popular American art to be safe, academic, and creatively stifling. Hassam wanted to introduce popular European art techniques to the United States. While in New York City, he began painting street scenes and buildings in a tranquil, soft palette. Though different from typical American art, his work grew in popularity due largely to his appealing use of colors and ability to produce beautiful images.

Hassam won many awards and was elected to the National Academy in 1906. He became known for his paintings such as Manhattan's Misty Sunset, which features a New York skyline accented with hues of yellow, pink, and blue. Hassam enjoyed spending long hours in the country, where he gathered inspiration for many of his pieces. Coast Scene, Isles of Shoals, which features the rocky coast and cool blue ocean, became his first painting to hang in the Metropolitan Museum. During his career, Hassam produced over 2,000 oil paintings, watercolors, illustrations, and pastels. Later in his life, he completed around 400 black-and-white etchings and lithographs. He is celebrated as one of America's most prolific artists. Hassam passed away in 1935 at Willow Bend.

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Childe Hassam, Midsummer

 

Childe Hassam
Midsummer
1919

Harris Schrank Fine Prints
Childe Hassam, Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Looking Toward the State House

 

Childe Hassam
Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Looking Toward the State House
circa 1890

Godel & Co. Fine Art
Childe Hassam, Fifth Avenue, Noon

 

Childe Hassam
Fifth Avenue, Noon
1916

R. E. Lewis & Daughter Original Prints
Childe Hassam, Newburgh, NY

 

Childe Hassam
Newburgh, NY
1914

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Childe Hassam, Portrait of Mrs. Corbett

 

Childe Hassam
Portrait of Mrs. Corbett
1908

Kodner Gallery
Childe Hassam, French Cruiser

 

Childe Hassam
French Cruiser
1918

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Childe Hassam, The Avenue of the Allies

 

Childe Hassam
The Avenue of the Allies
1918

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Childe Hassam, The Billboards, New York

 

Childe Hassam
The Billboards, New York
1896

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Childe Hassam, House on the Main Street, Easthampton

 

Childe Hassam
House on the Main Street, Easthampton
1922

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Childe Hassam, Low tide, Isles of Shoals

 

Childe Hassam
Low tide, Isles of Shoals, 1903
watercolor on board

 

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Childe Hassam, The Norwegian cottage

 

Childe Hassam
The Norwegian cottage, 1909
oil on canvas

 

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Childe Hassam, House on Main Street, Easthampton

 

Childe Hassam
House on Main Street, Easthampton, 1922
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1859   Born in Dorchester, MA
1935   Died
  Member, Munich Secession
  Member, American Water Color Society
  Member, New York Water Color Club
  Member, National Academy of Design
  Member, National Institute of Arts and Letters
  Member, Société Nationale des Beaux Arts
  Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  Member, Boston Art Club
  Left high school to work as a wood engraver, Boston, MA
  Studied art with Boulanger, Lefebvre, Doucet, Academie Julian, Paris, France
  Paintings accepted at Paris Salon showings
  Married Kathleen Maude Doane on 1 February 1884
  Suffered a stroke, possibly brought on by excessive drinking, then a lengthy illness
1913   Armory Show New York, NY
1887 - 1889   Paris Salon
  Paris Exposition Universelle
  National Academy of Design
  Columbian Exposition Chicago, IL
  Philadelphia Art Club
  Cleveland Art Association
  St. Louis Exposition
  Corcoran Gallery Washington, DC
  Newport Art Association
  Pan-American Exposition
  Boston Art Club
  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts