Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Distinguished American Art from a New York Private Collection
Childe Hassam (1859-1935)

Outside the Café on the Grand Boulevard

Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Outside the Café on the Grand Boulevard
signed and dated 'Childe Hassam 1898' (lower right)
gouache and pencil on paper laid down on paperboard
15 ½ x 11 1/8 in. (39.4 x 28.3 cm.)
Executed in 1898.
John Nicholson Gallery, New York, by 1944.
Lillian Bostwick Phipps, New York.
Estate of the above.
Sotheby's, New York, 25 May 1988, lot 152, sold by the above.
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Illinois, acquired from the above.
Christie's, New York, 29 November 2000, lot 22, sold by the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Three Cities by Childe Hassam, New York, 1899, n.p., the underdrawing illustrated prior to enhancement by the artist.
(Probably) Chicago, Illinois, Albert Rouillier, Exhibition of Twenty-Seven Drawings by Childe Hassam, May 14-28, 1900, no. 19 (as Outside the Cafe).
New York, John Nicholson Gallery, Early Works by Childe Hassam, January 1944, illustrated.
Giverny, France, Musée d'Art Américain Giverny, Lasting Impressions: American Painters in France, 1865-1915, June 1, 1992-October 31, 1995, pp. 242-43, no. 68, illustrated.
Giverny, France, Musée d'Art Américain Giverny, Un Regard Américain Sur Paris (An American Glance at Paris), April 1-October 31, 1997.
Chicago, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, American Artists and the Paris Experience, 1880-1910, November 22, 1997-March 8, 1998.

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Lot Essay

We would like to thank the Hassam catalogue raisonné committee for their assistance with cataloguing this work.

This work will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

Executed in 1898, Outside the Café on the Grand Boulevard captures Childe Hassam's fascination with the unique metropolitan culture of Paris. As Ulrich W. Heisinger explains, "Hassam's greatest amusement was to wander about the streets of Paris in search of motifs for his paintings." (Childe Hassam: American Impressionist, New York, 1994, p. 42) In the present work, Hassam captures a fleeting moment at one of Paris's famed street cafés. The work was likely first executed as a drawing, which was then published in the Paris section of the 1899 publication Three Cities by Childe Hassam. The artist would have then gone back in later to add color to the composition prior to its sale.

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