Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, 1918
Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 3/8 in. (91.4 x 72.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.127)
your eyes at the closest flag and slowly look down the avenue to the flags
hanging furthest away from you.
How many flags do you see?
What time of day and season is it?
Is there a breeze blowing?
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During World War I the blocks along Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street to 59th
Street displayed the flags of all the Allied countries. These colorful
flags were meant to encourage patriotic spirit and raise money to pay
for wartime expenses.
Looking north from 53rd Street, Hassam transformed three city blocks of
flags into a colorful pattern of rectangles, stripes, triangles, circles,
and diamond shapes. Flags became one of his most popular subjects and
Hassam created more than thirty paintings of streets decorated with flags.