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Childe Hassam (American, Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859–1935 East Hampton, New York)
Date: 1890Accession Number: 1994.567
Date: 1913Accession Number: 1996.382
William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)
Date: ca. 1892Accession Number: 67.187.123
Date: 1909Accession Number: 1994.450
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date: 1893–94, cast 1894 or afterAccession Number: 1985.353
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While the expatriates Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent experimented with Impressionism in Paris in the late 1870s under the influence of their French counterparts, William Merritt Chase was the first artist to produce Impressionist views in the United States. His scenes of New York's public parks of the mid-1880s were inspired in part by French Impressionist works on view in American exhibitions. His light-filled canvases of the 1890s, painted at Shinnecock, New York, on the eastern end of Long Island, celebrated modern city dwellers' leisure activities in their new country retreats. Childe Hassam adopted the Impressionists' subjects and style during his student years in Paris, from 1886 to 1889. Upon his return home, he became the leading Impressionist chronicler of New York and New England.
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