Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935): Summer Evening

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935): Summer Evening

7/28/2021, 2:28:27 PM
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935): Summer Evening, Paris, 1889, oil on board, Private collection . . Childe Hassam can be seen as the model Impressionist in America. His Boston and New York cityscapes represented the only American Impressionist art beside Cassatt's to couple stylistic innovation with contemporary subject-matter. His palette moves in subtle nuances across closely related colours. Though the choice of colours recalls mainstream American tonalism, the subject prompts comparison with the realistic Paris street scenes of De Nittis or Béraud as well as with Caillebotte's 1877 Paris Street, Rainy Day. A prolific and industrious artist, Hassam painted numerous scenes of both the city and the countryside in daylight and also a couple of nocturnes. This nocturnal Paris scene evidenced a talent for capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.

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