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Flags on the Waldorf

Childe Hassam (1859-1935)

Object Details

  • Date

    1916

  • Object Type

    Paintings

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions

    31 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.

  • Inscriptions

    Recto:

    signed and dated l.l.: Childe Hassam 1916

    Verso:

    u.l.: C.H.[monogram circled] \ 1916

    u.c. on stretcher, in graphite: Flag Series

    u.c. label on stretcher, printed: FLAGS ON THE WALDORF 1916 [typewritten] \ by CHILDE HASSAM [typewritten] \ THE MILCH GALLERIES \ AMERICAN ART \ Paintings -- Watercolors \ Restoration \ 55 East 57th St. New York 22, N.Y.

    u.c. label on stretcher, in ink: Flags on the Waldorf \ 1916 \ 30 x 37

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number

    1985.301

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

Between 1916 and 1919, Hassam was the only major impressionist to document the occasions during World War I when Allied Flags flew along New York City’s Fifth Avenue in support of the war effort. This painting, however, predates America’s entry into the war and may depict the commemorative events held in 1916 marking the one-year anniversary of Germany’s sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915. This masterwork and others in the series represent hallmarks of American Impressionism, seen in Hassam’s application of short, broken brushstrokes of unblended colors that evoke the people and facades of the city. The stone and brick-clad building at right is the original Waldorf–Astoria Hotel, which was demolished in 1929 to make way for the Empire State Building.

Additional details

Location: On view
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Educator Resources
  • How do artists make patriotic statements?

    What does it mean to be patriotic, and how can that be conveyed through art?

    What is Impressionism and what techniques do impressionist artists use?

    How do artists engage with historical and contemporary events?

  • Grades K–5

    Read the poem “The Fourth” in Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein. Then let students listen to familiar sounds or songs related to patriotic celebrations (fireworks, parades, the national anthem, a John Phillip Sousa march, etc.). Ask students to describe the sounds they hear. After playing all the sounds, have students use a flag-shaped cutout to write sound words that reflect what they have just heard.

    All Levels

    Activity 1
    Have students use red and blue colored pencils to make an impressionist drawing of an American flag. Remind students to avoid outlines and to make short strokes with their pencils.

    Activity 2
    Invite students to design a new flag for the United States that does not include the traditional stars and stripes. Encourage students to think about what shapes, symbols, and colors they would use. They may even include words. Also have students consider what makes our larger community, the nation, unique from all the other nations in the world. What comes to mind when thinking of the United States?

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