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Work of the Week: Flower Girl in Holland

George Hitchcock was an American painter who was mostly active in Europe. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, and trained as a lawyer, Hitchcock worked primarily in the Netherlands, where subjects such as his Flower Girl in Holland were in abundance. The desire for picturesque subject matter led many American artists—like John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Childe Hassam—to France, England, and the Netherlands in the 19th century. Hitchcock often created paintings of women juxtaposed with overflowing bouquets of flowers, whether in hand or in the background. He earned a reputation as a daring colorist, his palettes often deeply saturated and luxurious.

See Flower Girl in Holland and other American works in Gallery 171.


George Hitchcock. Flower Girl in Holland, 1887. Potter Palmer Collection.