Artwork of the Week: May 25

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William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916), Near the Beach, Shinnecock, oil on canvas, about 1895. 30 x 48 1/8 in. Gallery 30B

For more than a decade beginning in 1891, William Merritt Chase ran a school in Shinnecock Hills on the shore of eastern Long Island for the instruction of painting out-of-doors. Here Chase has included his wife and two daughters in a vista of the brilliantly illuminated coast, with the shimmering sea in the distance.


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