SIA: The Avenue in the Rain

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S., a federal holiday for remembering those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. As my turn to curate the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge falls on this holiday, I went with a rather traditional choice (especially for me), Childe Hassam’s 1917 classic painting, “The Avenue in the Rain.” This painting is so patriotic, it hangs in the Oval Office!

"The Avenue in the Rain" -- Frederick Childe Hassam -- 1917

“The Avenue in the Rain” — Frederick Childe Hassam — 1917

Hassam was an American Impressionist painting, and his range was quite impressive. He’s most well-known, however, for the series of flag-related paintings — over 30 in all — that he painted during World War I.

I hope y’all will indulge me this (rare) patriotic SIA choice. And whatever one’s nationality, red, white, and blue is a classic color combination. I also find the painting quite beautiful and somber, with shades of grey, black, and purple to bring depth to all the red, white, and blue.

So I hope you will join me in this SIA challenge. All are welcome to participate! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice, and the deadline is next Monday, June 1, by 10 p.m. PST. Email me submissions at I will post the round-up next Tuesday, June 2.



3 thoughts on “SIA: The Avenue in the Rain

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Yay, can’t wait to see your inspiration! I think the more somber, reflective (in more ways than one) tone of this painting fits Memorial Day, as it’s a holiday that invites that kind of meaningful contemplation. I like your visual of photographing reflections in the rain — lots of opportunity for that up here in the PNW!

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