One of the founders of the American impressionist group known simply as "The Ten", Frederick Childe Hassam was born to a prominent Boston family and began his artistic career as an illustrator for publications such as Scribner's and Harper's.
In 1886 he began a three year sojourn in Paris at the Acadamie Julien where he came under the spell of the French impressionists, such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Although the French influence is strongly evident in his subsequent work, Hassam considered himself more of a devotee of British watercolorists Turner and Constable.
Upon his return to New York City, Hassam was to become one of the most successful American impressionists. He combined elements of the French technique with strong American realism to produce uniquely American paintings that were honored by prestigious American institutions such as the National Academy, the Carnegie Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts.