On the forth of July, the artist of the day is Childe Hassam ,(pronounced child; pronounced HASSm), the American Impressionist who painted the memorable Flag series,( the featured painting is the one that hangs in the oval office at the White House. No President has chosen to replace it with something else when they redecorated). He also painted other things like gardens and landscapes and portraits none of which I knew until I started researching him this morning with my second cup of coffee.
Childe was born in 1859 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He always wanted to be an artist and had a successful career. He was held with the same esteem as such greats as Cassatt,John Henry Twachtman, Eakins, Homer, Sargent, Whistler, the best. Read for yourself HERE.
Like Cassatt and Homer and Whistler and Sargent who broke away from The National Academy of Design, he was a rebel and broke away from the The Society of American Artists that they had formed
when they had left the society. He was a founding member of The Ten. It seems Impressionistic artists have a tradition of rebellion. Odd, from painters of such gentle subjects. Perhaps that's how they balanced themselves? To read for yourself about The Ten, click HERE.
Meanwhile I'm going to break away from the computer and break my dry spell by opening those studio doors. It may take some strength. I'm concerned all the wet weather and heat has warped them locked. I'll take my battering ram. Enjoy the holiday. Enjoy Hassam's work; he had quite a range of subjects. To see more go Here.