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Maréchal Niel Roses

1919 Childe Hassam Born: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859 Died: East Hampton, New York 1935 oil on canvas 26 1/2 x 32 5/8 in. (67.2 x 82.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.58 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Childe Hassam posed a young model at a mahogany table with two vases of Maréchal Niel roses, a flower named for Napoléon III’s secretary of war. Hassam believed that people were shaped by their environments, and here the hybrid roses symbolize America’s culture, which he thought had absorbed the best elements of European and Asian history. The two women in the painting, a blonde and a brunette, similarly evoke different “strains” that had blended to create an American hybrid of womanhood.

Keywords

Figure female - waist length

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

Object - art object - painting

Object - flower - rose

State of being - mood - meditation

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Childe Hassam

Born: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859 Died: East Hampton, New York 1935

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