Long Island Landscape signed 'W.M. Chase' (lower left) oil on canvas 16 x 20in
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist John T. Porter (Great grandfather of present owner), Scranton, Pennsylvania Florence Porter Sullivan (ne Porter, daughter of John T. Porter), Chicago, Illinois William Porter Sullivan, Chicago, Illinois, thence by family descent to the present owner, San Francisco, California
This work will be included in Ronald G. Pisano's The CompleteCatalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Vol. 4, Addendum, Yale University Press
In the summer of 1891, William Merritt Chase opened The Shinnecock Summer School of Art located in what became known as the Art Village, on the western edge of Southampton, on the south fork of Long Island. The school was on the Montauk Highway across from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation sited on Shinnecock Bay off the Atlantic Ocean. The school lasted until the summer of 1902, and is today recognized as the first plein-air summer school in America. The landscapes and shorescrapes he produced during these years are among the most important paintings of the late nineteenth century, and firmly established Chase as an American artist of the first rank.
The Chase home, located on Canoe Place Road in Shinnecock Hills, a few miles west of the Art Village, was designed by his friend Stanford White, and lay equidistant from Shinnecock By to the south and Peconic Bay to the north. And it was in the Shinnecock Hills and at the Beaches of Shinnecock and Peconic that Chase, when not teaching at the school, painted every summer from 1891 until 1902.