high, sketchy view of a park with many large trees and figures

In the Park, 1910


Watercolor on paperexpand_more

Bequest of Dr. John I. Coeexpand_more  2011.80.3

In 1910, Hassam and his wife Kathleen Doan traveled to Paris. This scene could have been set in one of the urban gardens there – or in his home city of New York City. He loathed the way that rapid urban development blotted out the green space around his Manhattan studio. In some works, he edited out or minimized the skyscrapers at the edge of city parks. Made after he committed himself to wellness following a period of depression and heavy drinking, the scene may express the renewed feeling he had for life and the outdoors.

In the Park
Artist Life
1859 - 1935
Accession Number
[Milch Gallery, New York, sold to Coe, 1959]; John I. Coe, Edina, Minn., 1959-d.2011; Estate of John I. Coe, New Brighton, Minn.; bequethed to MIA, 2011.
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high, sketchy view of a park with many large trees and figures