Painted circa 1889-90, In the Park belongs to one of the most formative periods of Hassam’s career, following his three-year stay in Paris. At this time, the artist’s interest remained primarily rooted in scenes in everyday urban living. His catalogue of subjects represented a cross-section of city life, ranging from shopkeepers and street vendors to members of the upper class. In the present work, Hassam utilizes varied brushwork and a palette of jewel tones to convey the leisurely activities of the well-dressed upper class, and ultimately captures an idyllic and quiet moment within a frantic urban environment.
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