William Merritt Chase became familiar with French Impressionism in the 1880s and he soon adopted the style for use in his paintings of American subjects. By the 1890s, Chase was teaching in New York in the winter and in Shinnecock, Long Island in the summer. This small oil sketch—also known as a pochade—is thought to have been one of the first works that he created at Shinnecock, possibly as a demonstration piece for one of his classes.
While the city of New York, where artists like Chase and his colleagues Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson were based, was one of the epicenters of American Impressionism, the style also had an eager following in the Philadelphia area. Daniel Garber was one of the best known practitioners of the style in the region, which contained picturesque rural villages, verdant woodlands and sparkling rivers: perfect Impressionist subject matter.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, composition board
Measurements: frame height: 14.88 inches frame width: 16.88 inches smallest height: 9.25 inches smallest width: 11.25 inches frame depth: 1.5 inchesThe Harry and Mary Dalton Collection 1989.62.2 © Daniel Garber 1880-1958
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN