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Artist
Childe Hassam
Title
Brooklyn Bridge in Winter
Date
1904
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 30 × 34 3/16 inches (76.2 × 86.8 cm)Framed: 42 1/2 × 46 1/2 × 4 1/4 inches (108 × 118.1 × 10.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1907.2
New York City was frequently the subject of Childe Hassam's paintings after his return from Paris in 1889. The artist insisted, "To me New York is the most wonderful and most beautiful city in the world." The pastel colors, high vantage point, and broken brushstrokes of Brooklyn Bridge in Winter are all formal elements which characterize impressionism, a style which Hassam adopted while studying in Paris. Like the French impressionists, Hassam was committed to portraying contemporary subjects drawn from daily life, and the city of New York provided him with ample inspiration.