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Childe Hassam
Maréchal Niel Roses
1919
oil
26 1/2 x 32 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



The brilliant yellow roses for which this work is titled were named after the secretary of war to Napoleon III. The specific choice of this rose may relate to Hassam's battle for beauty and aestheticism in art as well as life. The elaborate Renaissance-revival frame from the 1920s was added at a later date.