Pomona

  • Childe Hassam, Pomona, 1900, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.60

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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.

Title
Pomona
Artist
Date
1900
On View
Dimensions
37 1/8 x 25 1/4 in. (94.3 x 64.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Pomona
Object Number
1929.6.60
Palette
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