American Art of the Week: For nineteen weeks from January through June 2016, I featured one painting by an American artist every Wednesday. Each entry includes a different work along with a paragraph or two about the artwork, its artist, and why I enjoy it. Click here to see all the posts.
Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is one of my most favorite American artists. He is also has the rare distinction of having one of his paintings hang in the Oval Office. Hassam painted New England and New York – the cityscape, the sea, and the countryside; this (at least to my knowledge) is rare for an American artist.1
Hassam’s Impressionist style brought a beautiful softness to even the city scenes. I love this painting of an Old Lyme, Connecticut church in the autumn because it reminds me of so many lovely New England towns I’ve seen in real life.
Hassam painted several versions of this scene. This one is at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.