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.
"Beach at Shinnecock" was recently re-framed in the type of wide oak molding popular at the time. The grain of the wood subtly enhances the rippling water, and the texture plays off of the rough sand in the foreground. Finally, the flat, wide profile complements the composition’s simple bands of land, sea, and sky.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, wood panel
Measurements: frame height: 9.25 inches frame width: 11.25 inches smallest height: 5.875 inches smallest width: 8 inches frame depth: 1.5 inchesThe Harry and Mary Dalton Collection 1993.90.2
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN