July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

One of my favorite American Impressionist artists, Childe Hassam, created a series of paintings inspired by the increase of nationalistic of flags in New York, as a result of the First World War.  This oil of Fifth Avenue lined with American flags embodies all that we cherish on this July 4th.

Childe Hassam (American 1859-1935), Fourth of July (The Greatest Display of the
American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May)
oil on canvas, 36 x 26-1/8 in, 1916
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, special exhibition
Childe Hassam, American Impressionist, June 10-September 24, 2004

Happy Fourth of July!

{image via The Met}

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