Childe Hassam (American, Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859–1935 East Hampton, New York)
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 3/8 in. (91.4 x 72.1 cm)
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
Not on view
The only major American Impressionist to depict the home front during World War I, Hassam produced his Flag series, some thirty canvases representing Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and adjacent streets decorated with patriotic emblems, from 1916 to 1919. For Liberty Loan drives, organized by the United States government to promote the sale of savings bonds, stretches of Fifth Avenue were draped with flags and red-and-white Liberty Loan banners. Here, Hassam looked north from Fifty-Third Street and compressed into a vibrant pattern three blocks of the avenue bearing flags of the Allies Great Britain, Brazil, and Belgium in addition to the Stars and Stripes.
Signature: [at lower right]: [crescent] Childe Hassam–1918 [on back]: CH [in circle with crescent] / 1918
the artist, New York, until died 1935; his estate, 1935; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 1935–1946; with Milch Galleries, New York, 1946–1947; Adelaide Milton de Groot, New York, 1947–died 1967