Childe Frederic Hassam (1859 - 1935)
Childe Hassam was born 1859 in Dorchester Massachusetts.
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 Daemon and Church at Gloucester, both held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
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.