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Connoisseurs Around the Corner: Gifts of Art from MAG’s Founding Family

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A Summer Day

ca. 1892
16 1/8 x 20 in. (41 x 50.8 cm)

William Merritt Chase
American (Williamsburg, IN, 1849 - 1916, New York, NY)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Pastel on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Emily and James Sibley Watson
Accession Number: 1951.42
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Painter William Merritt Chase and his family summered in a home built for them by the distinguished architect Stanford White in Shinnecock Hills. In that small community near Southampton, Long Island, Chase had established a summer school of art. Hundreds of students convened in the region from 1891 - 1902, dotting the landscape with their easels as they attempted to capture on canvas the truth of nature en plein air ("in the open air").

Typical of this period are the artist's paintings and drawings of his three young daughters exploring the landscape near their vacation retreat. High-keyed summery colors and rapid Impressionistic strokes convey the brilliance of the sky, the wildflowers and the ocean.

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Artist's signature, lower left: Wm. M. Chase


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Montross Gallery, New York; purchased from them by Mrs. James Sibley Watson, Rochester, November 13, 1908; gift of her estate to the Gallery in 1951

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