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"The Backyards Shinnecock"

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed lower left
Origin United States, New York
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on Canvas
W. 25 in; H. 30 in;
W. 63.5 cm; H. 76.2 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by:

William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916)

A native Midwesterner, William Merritt Chase became one of the more revered figures in American art, as a painter and teacher of irrefutable skill. He blended components of various art movements, including Tonalism, Impressionism, and Realism. Chase was also a dedicated plein-air painter throughout his lifetime.

Chase was born in Williamsburg, Indiana before his family moved to Indianapolis in 1861 where he took private lessons. He studied art at the National Academy in New York with Lemuel Wilmarth, took private lessons with Joseph Oriel Eaton, and spent a brief time in St. Louis, Missouri with Munich-trained artist, John Mulvaney. While in St. Louis in 1872, he was sponsored to attend the Royal Academy in Munich to learn the bravura style of painting until 1878 when he left with honors.

When Chase returned to New York in 1878, he began teaching at the Art Students League, a position which he held until 1894. He also established his infamous studio, known as the “Tenth Street Studio Building”, open from 1878 until its closing in 1895. The studio was distinguished by its extensive collection of antique and exotic objects. He used the eccentric space as a marketing tool, attracting clients first to the studio and then to his skills as an artist. Chase also assembled a collection of contemporary American and European paintings he acquired from artists' studios, dealers and auctions.

In 1881, he returned to Europe where he spent time with Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent in Paris and traveled to Spain to copy Diego Velazquez's works at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Chase established many summer workshops throughout the East Coast and in Europe, with the most notable being his school at Shinnecock, on the eastern end of Long Island. This particular school was opened in 1891 and lasted for twelve summers. During this time, he became especially inspired by the French Impressionist/Post Impressionist painter, Edouard Manet. Manet’s influence can be observed in Chase’s abandonment of the dark tones of the Munich School in his later career, replaced by more colorful and pastel pieces, which melded better with Chase’s plein-air technique.
Styles / Movements Impressionism
Dealer Reference Number 000263
Incollect Reference Number 353010
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