Flags, Fifth Avenue


Childe Hassam ( American, 1859 - 1935 )

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Childe Hassam depicts New York’s Fifth Avenue decorated with American and Allied flags for a patriotic celebration during the final year of World War I. During the war, he completed more than thirty oil and watercolor paintings of New York’s flag-draped streets. Hassam was already interested in modern city subjects by 1886, when he went to Paris as a student and came into direct contact with Impressionism. In this watercolor, Hassam left his light pencil under-drawing visible and filled in the scene with overlapping dabs and blocks of color, capturing the prismatic effect of bright sunlight illuminating a bustling crowd.

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Sue Canterbury, label copy, 2018.

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