William Merritt Chase 1849 - 1916 American American Impressionism Painters
William Merritt Chase and his family spent summers in Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, from 1892 to 1905. As part of his employment at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art, Chase was provided with a home designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. These years are recorded in works Chase painted of the sandy hills covered with pitch pine and bayberry, and also in hundreds of photographs now in the William Merritt Chase Archives at The Parrish Art Museum. The vivid images mirror the beginnings of the East End as an art colony and its rise as a Gilded Age resort.
[Alicia G. Longwell]