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Childe Hassam
Avenue of the Allies
oil on canvas
Canvas: 18 1/8 × 15 3/16 inches (46 × 38.6 cm)Framed: 26 1/2 × 23 9/16 × 2 3/16 inches (67.3 × 59.8 × 5.6 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth Millar Bullard.
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A native of Massachusetts who studied in Paris, Childe Hassam settled permanently in New York City in 1889. He was already recognized as one of America's foremost artists when he began his series of nearly thirty flag paintings, produced from 1916 to 1919. Although not originally conceived as a coherent series, Hassam's flag paintings were created in response to the events of World War I, and in that respect served as patriotic statements in support of the American cause. Many works in the flag series demonstrate a powerful emphasis on abstract design, patterning, and asymmetry. For instance, in Avenue of the Allies, Hassam utilizes a high vantage point, complex surface pattern, and dramatic vertical recession to unify the various pictorial elements into one striking design.