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Hassam, Childe

Childe Hassam (Frederick Childe Hassam) (chīld hăs´əm), 1859–1935, American painter and printmaker, b. Boston, studied in Paris. With their flickering light and airy palette, Hassam's sprightly landscapes, cityscapes, and interiors show the strong influence of late 19th-century French painting, and he is probably the best known of America's impressionists. Examples of his work include many scenes on the Isles of Shoals and July 14th, Rue Daunou, 1910 (1910), The New York Window (1912), The Church at Gloucester (1918), and Fifth Avenue (1919). He also illustrated Celia Thaxter's An Island Garden (1894). An extremely prolific and popular artist, he is represented in virtually every major American museum.

See his lithographs with text by F. Griffith (1962); biography by D. F. Hoopes (1988); I. S. Fort, The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam (1988); H. B. Weinberg et al., Childe Hassam, American Impressionist (2004).

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