Unflagging Support

Publisher: 
The New York Times
Date: 
March 24, 2016
Richard Gilder’s monumental flag painting by the American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam has always been one of the favorites in his collection. “It’s a very exciting picture,” said Mr. Gilder, a stockbroker and philanthropist, who even takes the painting with him for the summer from his New York apartment to his home in Maine. So it won’t be easy to part with the 36-by-26-inch canvas, which depicts Fifth Avenue awash in American flags for Independence Day in 1916, when New Yorkers rallied in favor of the nation’s entering World War I. But the 100th anniversary of that event is coming up, and Mr. Gilder, a longtime supporter of the New-York Historical Society, decided it was time to donate the painting. “The society has been good to me,” he said. Read more…
Creative: Tronvig Group