Summer Sunlight (1892). Frederick Childe Hassam (American, Impressionism, 1859-1935). Oil on canvas. Israel Museum.
Hassam, while studying and painting in Paris, remarked, ”The American Section…has convinced me for ever of the capability of Americans to claim a school. Inness, Whistler, Sargent and plenty of Americans just as well able to cope in their own chosen line with anything done over here…An artist should paint his own time and treat nature as he feels it, not repeat the same stupidities of his predecessors…The men who have made success today are the men who have got out of the rut.”