As American art came into its own in the second half of the 19th century, women were still not offered the same recognition and opportunities that contemporary male artist enjoyed. Still notable women, such as Alice Hirsch and her New York peer, Jane Peterson, thrived and achieved success in the face of this, opening opportunities for all artists that followed them.
Hirsch first studied at the Art Student League of New York City and had established her own studio in that city at 51 w. 10th street in Washington Square by 1917. She directly marketed her own works from this location and through shows. This was quite uncommon, and the fact that she was successful both financially and critically makes it more so. She fully embraced the impressionists, placing importance on emotional context of color and light, and primarily captured scenes of her native New York. In recognition of her work, both the Morton Gallery and the Montross Gallery of New York City held memorial shows of her works after her passing.