Bio: Childe Hassam was born 1859 in Dorchester
His early years were spent as the apprentice to wood engraver
George E Johnson. He started working in watercolors and by the
early 1880's Hassam was earning his living as a freelance
illustrator specializing in children's stories.
Hassam visited Europe for the first time in 1883, spending
time in France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. As his
confidence increased he began working in oils.
During 1886 to 1889 Hassam spent his time in Paris, and
studied figure drawing at the Academie Julian and Ecole des
Beaux-Arts. However, his inspiration came from the
Impressionist movement. Childe Hassam exhibited his work at
the Paris Salons and in at the Exposition Universelle 1889 he
received a Bronze Medal.
Childe Hassam is one of the most celebrated American
Impressionists. His paintings include July 14 Rue Daunou and
Church at Gloucester, both held at the Metropolitan Museum in
Hassam died at Willow Bend on August 27th 1935. He bequeathed
his remaining works to the American Academy of Arts, with the
express wish that they be sold and a Hassam Fund established,
so that works of American and Canadian artists could be
purchased and donated to American and Canadian Museums.