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Sunset at Sea Painting by Childe Hassam 1911

 Self Portrait  1914

Childe Hassam,1859-1935, was an American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. He was one of the most prolific and successful American artists of the early 20th century.



He was born Frederick Childe Hassam. Childe Hassam began using the name "Childe" instead of "Frederick" in the early 1880s. While it is not clear why he preferred to be called Childe two possible reasons are One, he had an uncle named Childe Hassam, and he may have adopted the name as a way to honor him The second possibility is that He chose it to distinguish himself from other artists named Frederick: There were a number of artists named Frederick at the time, and Hassam may have wanted to use a more unique name. Whatever the reason, Hassam began to use the name "Childe" exclusively in the early 1880s. He even dropped his first name from his signature, signing his paintings simply "Childe Hassam." Ultimately, the reason why Childe Hassam used Childe instead of Frederick is a mystery. It is clear that he was proud of the name, and he used it exclusively throughout his career.

Boston Common Painting by Childe Hassam 1886

Hassam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1859. He showed an early interest in art and had his first lessons in drawing and watercolor while attending the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His parents didn't pay much attention to his artistic talents, but Hassam was passionate about art and continued to pursue it.


Acorn Street Beacon Hill Painting by Childe Hassam 1892
In 1872, when Hassam was 17 years old, a fire destroyed much of Boston's commercial district, including his father's business. Hassam left high school to help support his family by working as a wood engraver. In the evenings, he attended drawing classes at the Lowell Institute and the Boston Art Club.
Spring (aka The Artist's Sister) Painting by Childe Hassam 1885
In 1879, Hassam began creating his earliest oil paintings. His preferred medium had been watercolor, but he was drawn to the expressive possibilities of oil paint. He began to experiment with different painting styles and was influenced by the work of the French Impressionists.
Walden Pond Painting by Childe Hassam 1890
In 1882, Hassam became a freelance illustrator. He worked for magazines such as Harper's Weekly, Scribner's Monthly, and The Century, illustrating children's stories and other articles. He also continued to paint and exhibited his work in Boston and New York.
Mrs. Hassam at Villiers-le-Bel Painting by Childe Hassam 1888
Childe Hassam was married to Kathleen Maude Doane from 1884 until her death in 1926. The couple had no children. Hassam was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife, who suffered from chronic health problems. Hassam was a private person, and he rarely spoke about his personal life in public. However, his letters and diaries reveal that he was a loving and supportive husband. He also had a close relationship with his extended family and friends. Hassam was a member of several art clubs and societies, but he was not involved in any political or social causes. He was focused on his art, and he dedicated his life to painting.
Tea in a French Garden Painting by Childe Hassam 1910
In 1886, Hassam traveled to Paris to study art. He enrolled at the Académie Julian, where he was taught by the Impressionist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Hassam was deeply influenced by the Impressionists, and his work began to incorporate their loose brushwork and bright colors.
Washington Square Arch Painting by Childe Hassam 1893
After returning to the United States in 1889, Hassam settled in New York City. He lived in the city for the rest of his life, and he became one of the leading figures in the American Impressionist movement. In 1919, Hassam purchased a colonial-period house in East Hampton, on the south fork of Long Island, New York. He and his wife made it their summer headquarters, and Hassam painted many of his most famous landscapes there.
The Old House in East Hampton Painting by Childe Hassam 1917
He quickly became one of the leading figures in the American Impressionist movement. His paintings of urban scenes, such as Union Square, Winter (1890) and The Avenue in the Rain (1891), were particularly popular.
Avenue in the Rain Painting by Childe Hassam 1917
Hassam also traveled extensively throughout his life. He visited Europe on several occasions, and he also traveled to other parts of the United States, including Maine, California, and New Mexico. However, Hassam always considered Boston, New York City, and East Hampton to be his homes. He was deeply attached to these places, and they are reflected in many of his paintings. Celia Thaxter in Her Garden Painting by Childe Hassam 1892
Hassam was a very early riser, and he often went for walks in the morning to sketch and paint. In the early 1900s, Hassam began to spend more time in New England, where he painted coastal scenes such as The Coast of Maine (1903) and Summer Sunshine, Easthampton (1910). These paintings are characterized by their bold colors and use of light. The Garden Seat by Childe Hassam 1934
Hassam was also a prolific printmaker. He produced over 300 etchings and lithographs throughout his career. His prints often depict the same subjects as his paintings, but they offer a more intimate and personal view of his subjects.
Here is a quote from Hassam that gives some insight into his personal philosophy:
"I believe that the artist should paint what he sees and feels, without regard to the opinions of others. I am not interested in painting fashionable pictures. I want to paint the truth, as I see it."          
                                                                     Childe Hassam
Photograph of Childe Hassam 1920
Hassam was a complex and fascinating individual. He was a brilliant artist, a devoted husband, and a private person. He left behind a legacy of beautiful and inspiring paintings that continue to be enjoyed by people all over the world.
Woman on the Balcony Painting by Childe Hassam 1921
Hassam exhibited his work widely throughout his career. He was a member of the group known as The Ten, which was formed in 1898 to promote the work of American Impressionists. Hassam's work was also exhibited at major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.
Tanagra The Builders New York 1Painting by Childe Hassam 1918
Hassam died in East Hampton, New York, in 1935. He is one of the most important American Impressionist painters.
Reading on the Porch Painting by Childe Hassam 1914
Hassam was a prolific painter, and he produced over 3,000 works during his lifetime. He was also a gifted printmaker, and he created over 300 etchings and lithographs. Hassam's paintings have been exhibited in major museums around the world, and his work is highly sought-after by collectors. He is one of the most important American Impressionist painters.
Moonlight on Old House Painting by Childe Hassam 1906
Hassam was a talented artist who left behind a lasting legacy. His work is still admired and enjoyed by people all over the world. Hassam's work is known for its freshness, luminosity, and sense of atmosphere. He was particularly skilled at capturing the effects of light and weather on his subjects. His paintings are also notable for their use of color. Hassam often used bold and contrasting colors to create a sense of vibrancy and excitement in his work.