National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Allies Day, May 1917 Childe Hassam (artist)
American, 1859 - 1935
Allies Day, May 1917, 1917
oil on canvas
overall: 92.7 x 76.8 cm (36 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.) framed: 110.8 x 94.3 x 6.4 cm (43 5/8 x 37 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
Gift of Ethelyn McKinney in memory of her brother, Glenn Ford McKinney
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From the Tour: American Impressionists of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s
Object 3 of 7

Conservation Notes

The medium-weight, plain-weave fabric support was lined in 1967. It is primed with a very thin, fluid white ground that appears to have been commercially applied. Paint of rich consistency was applied in a variety of thicknesses and textures. The buildings were roughly delineated using hatches of blue gray, with spaces, such as the lower left corner, left in reserve to allow the brightly colored flags to be painted directly on the imprimatura. The flags were fairly complete before the details of the street and buildings or the sky were painted, as is evident from the continuous, zig-zagging brushstroke that spread the cerulean-hued paint in the region between the fabric and the pole of the large American flag. That there are several areas where the paint from different elements is blended wet-into-wet indicates the work was created over a fairly short period. And it was decisively executed; x-radiography reveals very few areas of overlap or change in the composition. There are minor nicks and abrasion along the top edge. In 1993, discolored varnish was removed and the painting was restored.

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