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October 17th is the birthday of American painter Frederick Childe Hassam. A leader in the American Impressionist movement, he created properly more than two,000 paintings, illustrations, etchings and far more. And even though he produced on a selection of subjects, he is possibly most renowned for many flag paintings recognized as “The Flag Series”.
A private preferred from the series is Allies Day, May well 1917, postcard-size version attached. The painting shows many Stars and Stripes along with the Union Jack and French Tricolor. But Hassam truly displayed the painting at a gallery in New York 4 days soon after the armistice was declared, “to the coming collectively of [our] 3 peoples in the fight for democracy”.
Click right here for a video overview of Allies Day, May well 1917 courtesy of The National Gallery of Art.
A further outstanding one particular of his Flag Series paintings, 1917’s The Avenue in the Rain, is in the White Residence Collection. Possibly inspired by President Wilson’s “Peace With out Victory” speech, the painting was created for the duration of America’s increasing patriotism prior to getting into Globe War I.
Paintings in this series had been performed among 1916 and 1919, and have even been grouped collectively in exhibition. As Impressionist paintings do, they express a vibrant energy…an power symbolic of the time period’s events.
Pleased birthday, Childe Hassam. We salute your patriotic visions of our American flag.