Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Boston Fire pushes Childe into art

How the Universe works:
Childe Hassam (1859-1939) is a favorite painter of many Americans.
How was it that he became a painter?
His father did quite well in business and had a teasure trove of antiques
but the Boston fire of 1873 wiped him out and he had to sell his antiques. So because of the fire and because he had to sell his antiques he sent his son Childe out to work doing accounting. One more step - since Childe had difficuty with numbers and was spending time at work drawing - his employer told him to go become an artist.

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