1859 - 1935
THE DRIVE NEAR PARIS
signed Childe Hassam and dated 1931 (lower left)
pastel on paperboard
14 by 10 inches
(35.6 by 25.4 cm)
This work will be included in Stuart P. Feld and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 1935 (bequest from the above)
[with]John Nicholson Gallery, New York, 1944
Mrs. Florence K. Geffner, 1944 (acquired from the above)
Private collection (by descent)
[with]Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2007
New York, John Nicholson Gallery, Early Works by Childe Hassam, January 1944, illustrated n.p.
New York, Lotos Club, 85th Anniversary Exhibition: Works of Childe Hassam, March-April 1955, no. 17 (as Four in Hand)
According to Stuart P. Feld and Kathleen M. Burnside, The Drive Near Paris is based on earlier concept that Childe Hassam explored while in Paris from 1887-89, and may have been signed, dated, and possibly enhanced by the artist later in his career in 1931.
In her commentary on Childe Hassam's Parisian subjects, the scholar H. Barbara Weinberg explains, “Hassam’s Parisian works suggest that he was much more inclined than were most of his contemporaries to interpret in a personal and vital way the styles of the modern French painters—the artists of the juste-milieu, Impressionists, and Neoimpressionists—and to celebrate urban life. He often brightened his palette, loosened his brushwork, and showed the effects of brilliant sunlight in oils and watercolors that record the spectacle of Paris” (Childe Hassam: American Impressionist, New York, 2004, p. 60).