Extreme impressionist – that’s what the American artist Child Hassam called himself. The master adopted from the famous French not only the peculiar technique of working with color and light, but also took for the compulsory rule of writing landscapes only from nature. Hassam also remained true to himself when creating the picture.
The picture depicts one of the streets of New York in the early spring. A bright blinding sun, a long avenue with a sprawling tree in the foreground, branches of which can already boast of slightly penetrating gently green leaves, a thin snow-white cover – all this creates a unique sensation of spring. The central element of the canvas is the arch. Hassam decided to portray an idyllic picture of the coming spring precisely against this background. The master was of the opinion that contemporary American architecture and monumental art deserved no less attention than, for example, the ancient and medieval, and sought to capture them in their canvases.
The work amazes with its cheerfulness and free space. Here, the Impressionist style is not so openly read – the artist only began his studies in Paris in the 90’s, rather it is a “junction” of realism and impressionism. A definite influence of the latter can be traced – it is read in the filigree use of white, in the play of light of the shadow, in the image of a sunny day and harmonically inscribed figures of people against the background of a majestic arch, also in the unique impression produced by the picture.