Allies Day, May 1917 (1917) by Childe Hassam

Allies Day, May 1917 - Childe Hassam - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleAllies Day, May 1917
ArtistChilde Hassam
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions75.1 x 62.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Allies Day, May 1917

The artwork “Allies Day, May 1917” is a creation of the artist Childe Hassam from the year 1917. Executed in the medium of oil on canvas, this piece embodies the impressionistic style and is a cityscape by genre. Measuring 75.1 by 62.5 cm, the painting is housed in the National Gallery of Art, located in Washington D.C. It remains a significant piece that captures a historic moment in time.

The artwork vividly portrays a bustling city street adorned with vibrant, fluttering flags. Several American flags take prominence in the scene, complemented by the Union Jack of Great Britain and other banners reflecting the solidarity of allies. The flags are seen hanging across a perspective of buildings, creating a sense of patriotic celebration. Hassam’s brushwork is loose and fluid, characteristics of Impressionism, creating a dynamic atmosphere with an interplay of light and color.

The painting’s composition utilizes the flags to draw the viewer’s eye through the urban landscape, suggesting movement and the liveliness of the city below. The colors are bright yet harmonious, with the distinctive textures rendering the scene with a palpable energy. “Allies Day, May 1917” captures the collective sentiment of alliance and pride during a pivotal moment in world history, while simultaneously documenting the urban environment of its time.

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