Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue

1919

Childe Hassam

(American, 1859-1935)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 86.4 x 76.2 x 6.4 cm (34 x 30 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 61.3 x 51.5 cm (24 1/8 x 20 1/4 in.); Former: 76.5 x 66.5 x 4.5 cm (30 1/8 x 26 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1952.539

Fun Fact

During World War I, the fiercely nationalistic Hassam was mistakenly arrested for being a German spy.

Description

Childe Hassam was fascinated by bustling Fifth Avenue, the famed Manhattan thoroughfare quickly becoming a popular shopping district around the time he made this painting. His composition features flecks of color and blurred
forms to approximate reflected light and rapid movement. The accelerated pace of modern life is suggested through the street full of streaming traffic, including two green double-decker buses at lower right.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Anonymous Gift

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