Childe Hassam was a leading American impressionist painter and printmaker. Integrating his understanding of impressionism with his unique compositional structure and forms, he painted many views of the city. Light impressionist colors, quick brushstrokes, and solidity made his city views well received, becoming a leading American impressionist. The son of a hardware merchant and antique collector, Hassam was born near Boston. A great fire in Boston destroyed his father’s business, forcing Hassam to leave school. He found a first job with a publishing firm but hated it, so he became an apprentice to a wood engraver and later created illustrations for magazines. He studied at the conservative art school, Académie Julian, where he became attracted to French Impressionism and readily absorbed elements of the avant-garde style. He eventually co-founded the Ten American Painters and began experimenting with etching and lithography. He established a permanent summer studio in East Hampton, Long Island. During the remaining fifteen years of his life, Hassam continued to exhibit regularly, enjoying national recognition and receiving numerous awards and honors.