Frederick Childe Hassam

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Frederick Childe Hassam (October 17, 1859 – August 27, 1935) was a prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Along with Mary Cassatt andJohn Henry Twachtman, Hassam was instrumental in promulgating Impressionism to American collectors, dealers, and museums. He produced over 3,000 paintings, oils, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs over the course of his career. Hassam  was born to a moderately successful businessman Frederick who had a large collection of art and antiques. A disastrous fire in November 1872 wiped out his father’s business. Hassam left high school to help support his family by working as accountant then as wood engraving. Hassam began creating his earliest oil paintings, but his preferred medium was watercolor, mostly landscapes. He specialized in illustrating children’s stories for magazines and continued to develop his technique at the Lowell Institute at the Boston Art Club, where he took life painting classes.By 1883, Hassam had his…

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