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Childe Hassam
Tanagra (The Builders, New York)
1918
oil
58 3/4 x 58 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Hassam wrote a description of this painting: “The blonde Aryan girl holding a Tanagra figurine in her hand against the background of New York building—one in the process of construction and the Chinese lilies springing up from the bulbs is intended to typify and symbolize growth—the growth of a great city, hence the subtitle The Builders, New York.”