Frederick Childe Hassam

 

Artist Biography:

Frederick Hassam was an American impressionist noted for his urban and coastal scenes. He produced over 3,000 paintings, oils, watercolours, etchings, and lithographs over the course of his career, and was an influential American artist of the early 20th century. Hassam was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1859. His early career was spent as an illustrator of children’s stories for magazines and newspapers. In the 1880s he began painting full-time, and his early paintings were mainly watercolours. Later in the 1880s he toured Europe, dividing his time between the study of early masters and the painting of watercolour landscapes. He returned to the USA and exhibited a large range of his paintings. On his return to Europe in 1886 he broadened his artistic style and media. He lived in Paris and the first signs of his impressionist technique began to develop. For three years he was inspired by the Paris art world, and on his return to the United States his impressionist art inspired many of his contemporaries. His reputation grew with his age and he died in 1935.

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