Maréchal Niel Roses

  • Childe Hassam, Maréchal Niel Roses, 1919, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.58

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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.

Title
Maréchal Niel Roses
Artist
Date
1919
On View
Dimensions
26 1/2 x 32 5/8 in. (67.2 x 82.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art object – painting
  • Object – flower – rose
  • State of being – mood – meditation
  • Figure female – waist length
Object Number
1929.6.58
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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