NEW YORK (AP) - A monumental flag painting by the influential American impressionist artist Childe Hassam has been gifted to the New-York Historical Society.
Museum president Louise Mirrer announced Friday that “The Fourth of July, 1916” was donated by its chairman emeritus, Richard Gilder.
It’s the second in Hassam’s famous flag series that numbered about 30, and one of the last to have remained in private hands.
The oil-on-canvas measures three feet by two feet. It is a stunning depiction of a New York Independence Day parade route festooned with dozens of flags.
Hassam was a supporter of the U.S. Preparedness Movement, a campaign started prior to the nation’s entry into WWI. Advocates staged parades across the country between 1914 and 1916.
The painting will go on view June 14, Flag Day.
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