American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: Church at Old Lyme by Childe Hassam

Childe Hassam, Church at Old Lyme, 1905. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photo via

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 visited while travelling with my skating team in middle school and high school.

Hassam painted several versions of this scene. This one is at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

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