Arts Everyday Living: Impressionists This Winter—A New York Wonderland At Night

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Brrr—it’s cold.  It may be 1891 but the chill of the frosty night portrayed in Cab Stand at Night, Madison Square above can be still be felt by us in 2013.  Cabbies wait at Madison Square for potential customers, chatting with each other in spite of the freezing temperature. Although one driver would rather endure the weather conditions alone, turning his back on his companions, as he braves the frigid air.  Or is he actually noticing the attractive woman passing on his right?

American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), like his French contemporaries Monet and Renoir, was captivated by light, even the effects of the then cutting edge technology of electricity that transforms the snowy streets of New York into a winter wonderland.


Background on this blog is from the website of Smith College Museum of Art.

Childe Hassam, Cab Stand at Night, Madison Square, 1891, oil on panel, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.


The above image is used solely for educational purposes.


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