Height: 18 in
Width: 24 in
A field of wildflowers opening up to reveal a view of the ocean.
Hassam started his career in Boston as a successful book illustrator and watercolorist. Like Mary Cassatt, William Merrit Chase, and other aspiring American artists of his time, Hassam traveled to Paris, where he began lessons in drawing and painting at the Académie Julian in 1886 and immersed himself in the museums and galleries of the French capital. During his three-year stay, he absorbed certain lessons of Impressionism — broken brushstrokes and a penchant for painting outdoors — and transformed them into his own personal style. Hassam was an influential painter among the American Impressionists.