Mini-Post | “Brooklyn Bridge in Winter”, Childe Hassam

Today’s winter in art post is from the collection of Telfair Museums: Brooklyn Bridge in Winter, by Childe Hassam, from 1904.

Hassam was from the Boston area and spent the years 1886 to 1889 studying in Paris, where he became enamoured with French Impressionism. He joined his French colleagues in portraying modern life in his work. In 1892, he declared:

“the man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of every-day life around him.”

Upon his return from Paris, he moved to New York, where he lived for the rest of his life. He is most famous for capturing scenes like this of the growing city, a place he thoroughly loved. Of New York, he said:

“To me New York is the most wonderful and most beautiful city in the world.”

I enjoy this wintery painting as its lovely to imagine snowy, Christmassy New York outside of life in 2020 – and the impressionist style just feels perfect for the blurriness of a snowy view of the bridge.

Read more about Childe Hassam in this essay from the Met Museum here.

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