Flags on the Waldorf
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 31 1/4 in.
signed and dated l.l.: Childe Hassam 1916
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
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
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.