Church at Old Lyme (1905)by Childe Hassam. Albright-Knox Art Gallery. [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons.

Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is one of my mush favorite American artists. He is also has the rare distinction of having one of his paintings hang in the Oval Office. Hassam painted New England and New York – the cityscape, the sea, and the countryside; this (at least to my knowledge) is rare for an American artist.(1) Hassam’s Impressionist style brought a beautiful softness to even the city scenes. I love this painting of an Old Lyme, Connecticut church in the autumn because it reminds me of so many lovely New England towns I visited while travelling with my skating team in middle school and high school