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Pomona

1900 Childe Hassam Born: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1859 Died: East Hampton, New York 1935 oil on canvas 37 1/8 x 25 1/4 in. (94.3 x 64.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.60 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This painting shows Pomona, the Roman goddess of gardens and orchards. Childe Hassam, like many artists of the early twentieth century, worried about the effects of working-class immigrants on American society, and the figure of Pomona symbolized his belief that people had to nurture their culture, as they would a garden, to preserve it for future generations. He even described the "radiant" sky in his paintings---a kind of benediction from heaven---as a uniquely American characteristic that, like all of the nation's gifts, helped to foster its culture and pride.

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Mythology - classical - Pomona

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Childe Hassam

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

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