Frederick Childe Hassam is a name that left a legacy behind. He is one of those painters who got awards for many of his paintings. Hassam took birth in the year 1859 in Boston, Massachusetts, America. He is a painter who is better known for his impression painting. People also know him as a great American Impression painter. He created many masterpieces, along with John Henry Twachtman and Mary Cassatt. He has also been noted as the best in painting urban and coastal scenes. Childe Hassam was the only painter who promoted impressionism to all American painting collectors.
His paintings are not only priceless among the collectors but also in many museums. In his lifetime, Childe created more than three thousand masterpieces. It includes paintings, watercolor, etching, oil painting, lithographs, and many more. He remained influential during the whole 20th century.
Hassam's early days
The name Childe was offered to Hassam by his uncle. In his early days, most of the people, including his friends, called him a child. It is due to the spelling of his name. But that didn't affect Hassam as he came from an established family. Hassam's father was a great person and a successful businessman. He indulged himself in the cutlery business. His father was having a massive collection of arts and antique pieces, which inspired Hassam while creating new art. Hassam's father claimed to be the descendants of the long line of new Englanders.
Further, Hassam's mother was Rosa Delia Hawthome, who was a native of Maine. But later on, Hassam's father claimed that they were the descendants of English immigrants to America whose surname was Horsham, which later became Hassam. The first time when Hassam started painting took the Islamic crescent as an inspiration.
Hassam was a great personality, and his influence on the arts was clear from his beginning days. Hassam's first lesson for painting was making watercolor while attending his schools, but Hassam's parents hardly took any interest in Hassam's painting.
Hassam was not only interested in paintings; he also excelled in many other forms of art. In his childhood, Hassam was exceptional in swimming, boxing. Everything was going fine till a massive fire disaster took place in 1872 in Boston. This incident wiped out the complete commercial hub of Boston. Hassam's father's business also got ruined in this massive fire disaster. After this incident, Hassam left his school at the age of 17, and the complete family moved to Hyde Park. After the catastrophic incident, the family condition got worse; however, Hassam's uncle insisted Hassam continue his education at Havard University, whose expenses would get paid by his uncle, but Hassam instead chose to support his family by working.
Soon, Hassam's father arranged for him a job as an accountant in the department of the publisher. It is the time when Hassam joined and continues studying arts. Here he learned about wood engraving with prominent engraver George. With his keen interest in art, Hassam quickly grasped the skills. He designed many of the commercial designs and started painting more artistically. During his initial days when he learned painting in school, he started painting with watercolors.
During his starting day, Hassam started as a freelancer and illustrated his paintings in the trade, and established his first studio later on. In his initial days, Hassam was much interested in painting children's stories for many popular magazines. He may start early, but he never gave up learning new techniques. He attended many drawing classes to get to know about all new techniques.
1833 is the first time when Hassam exhibited watercolors in his first exclusive exhibition. In the subsequent year, one of his friends named Celia Thaxter convinced Hassam to bring his first name, and soon then, he came to be known as Childe Hassam.
After getting recognition, Hassam then decided to get more skills in painting. Thus, he moved to France to learn about figure drawing and paintings. He took his lesson from the most preeminent and well-known of that time, known as Academie Julian.
Despite his academic paintings, he became interested in self-study and started discovering new skills and techniques of paintings.
Hassam sailed to Naples; by then, he was very well-known as an impressionist. He spends most of his time watching carefully all those paintings and arts that impressed him. He was keen on the old mastery from the famous painters.
Hassam then moved to England during his mid-career, and he started producing more and more paintings; he came back to New York in 1897.
In his late career, Hassam enjoyed success, making and earned about $6000 per painting. He received many awards and appreciations, some of which include the Bronze medal at Exposition universal. He also received a gold medal as a lifetime achievement award at the most prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
In his final years, Hassam enjoyed his success with many paintings getting employment at the nearby town as subjects. The gold award for painting is his biggest achievement in painting that he always cherished. During his last days, he traveled to many parts to show his skills, but finally, he took his last breath at the age of 75 in East Hampton.
He was a great American Impressionist and considered the greatest of all time.