At The Florist

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Frederick Childe Hassam
At the Florist, 1889
Oil on canvas

The innovations of Impressionism took root in America somewhat belatedly, about a decade after the revolutionary approach gained popularity in Europe. Its American practitioners formed an alliance of painters known as The Ten, and the most prominent and productive member of that group was Childe Hassam. Painted by Hassam in Paris, At the Florist presents a charming slice of French urban life: a curbside flower market filled with bouquets and ministered by young female attendants dressed in white work aprons and caps.