Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935). Peach Blossoms—Villiers-le-Bel, ca. 1887–89. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, 1979 (1979.490.9) | In the three summers from 1887 through 1889, when Hassam was studying art in Paris, he and his wife visited Villiers-le-Bel, about ten miles northeast of the capital in the Oise valley near Écouen.