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Shinnecock Hills, Long Island


Title: Shinnecock Hills, Long Island
Artist: Chase, William Merritt    
Date of Work: 1900
Medium/Support: oil on panel
Measurements: 14 1/2 x 18 5/8 in (36.8 x 47.3 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: Wm M. Chase. [note: "m" in Wm superscript and underscored]
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Frederick Burton
Acquisition Number: 962.191.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Chase's name was to become inseparable from Shinnecock, at the eastern end of Long Island. There [he] opened a summer art school in 1891. . . . To this site at the edge of the Atlantic came hundreds of aspiring art students every summer until 1902. . . . "Shinnecock Hills is painted on a small panel of the type often carried by landscape artists in their search for motifs. Pre-primed with a very light tone, such panels were used by artists to record their chosen segments of the landscape, to capture a transient cloud or a change of light. . . . ". . . [Chase] cropped the gentle hills to stress the dale between them, where the dusty purple and green scrub bushes cluster at the center. . . . "The breeze that blows across the dunes is first stated in the striated sky. . . . Blended, flexible brushstrokes in the foreground suggest the effect of wind in the dune grass."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 222
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: landscapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 246
Date (chronological sort): 1900