The Avenue in the Rain, 1917 by Frederick Childe Hassam



Title

The Avenue in the Rain, 1917

Artist

Frederick Childe Hassam

Ref GM3939
Type Fine Art Print
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Description  
This painting of American flags on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, depicts both flags hanging on 5th Avenue as well as reflections of the flags in water following a rain storm. This painting is one of 30 flag paintings from the artist that coincided with World War I. It was customary for 5th Avenue to be frequently decorated with American flags at the time, as the United States were then debating entry into the War. This piece was completed in the February of 1917, barely two months before Congress declared war on Germany on April 6th. A number of the American flag paintings are in the collection of the White House. This is a perfect example of the artist`s preoccupation with the expressive quality of light, together with lively brushwork and colour.