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    CHILDE HASSAM (American 1859-1935)
    Banks Of The Seine, 1888
    Oil on canvas
    8-3/4 x 11 inches (22.2 x 27.9 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Childe Hassam 1888

    Provenance:
    Hirschl and Adler Galleries, early 1960s (New York);
    Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Inc.;
    Carola Warburg Rothschild, circa 1970s (purchased from Danenberg Galleries);
    Sale, Doyle's, New York, Property from the Estate of Carola Warburg Rothschild, 1987, Lot 71;
    Private collection (Dallas, Texas)

    The present work by the celebrated American Impressionist, Childe Hassam, records a view along the Seine, which he painted in the spring of 1888--approximately halfway through his second of four sojourns to Paris. The Massachusetts-born painter had first visited the French capital in the summer of 1883 with the Boston artist Edmund H. Garrett. In the autumn of 1886, he returned there with his wife, Maud, and this time stayed for three years. Prior to this extended stay in France, Hassam had had very little formal art training, and quickly sought to remedy that situation by enrolling at the Académie Julian by the end of 1886. There he trained under Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (whose work is represented in the current auction.) By the spring of 1888, Hassam decided to quit his academic training in order to concentrate on painting urban subjects, such as the present scene, and sunlit garden views which earned him major critical acclaim. The rather spare composition of this work, together with its blond tonality, pay tribute to the radical compositions of Edgar Degas, which drew inspiration from Japanese prints.

    A work closely related in subject and composition to the present painting is Hassam's Along the Seine, Winter of 1887 in the Dallas Museum of Art (oil on wood, 8 x 11 in., bequest of Joel T. Howard), which was included in the recent exhibition, Americans in Paris 1860-1900, organized by the National Gallery, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Banks of the Seine will be included in the forthcoming Childe Hassam catalogue raisonné now being prepared by Stuart P. Feld and Kathleen Burnside.



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    May, 2007
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