The Artist's Wife in a Garden, Villiers-le-Bel

(1859–1935)

Size: 33 x 51 1/4 inches (83.8 x 130.2 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signed upper left: Childe Hassam
Why We Love It

Hassam executed this large and masterful work during his stay in France from 1886 to 1889. He produced a remarkable series of canvases depicting the gardens at Villiers-le-Bel, and this work is the largest and most ambitious of the series. It exemplifies his absorption of impressionist techniques, seen in the modern off-center composition as well as the loose broken brushwork with which he captures a sense of light and shade in the landscape. This is truly a masterpiece of American Impressionism and would make a crowning addition to any important collection of American art.

The Value

Marvelous impressionist paintings like this one by Childe Hassam are becoming increasingly difficult to source.  As such, this French garden scene is a rare opportunity for a serious collector of American Impressionism to acquire an important painting by the artist.  As fewer of these works come to market, a moment like this will be a thing of the past in the not-to-distant future.