William Merritt Chase, “At the Seaside” (1892)

15 Jun

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was a contemporary of Robert Henri.  After studying in Munich he settled in New York in the mid-1870s and became the most important American teacher of his generation, teaching at the Art Students’ League of New York and later at his own Chase School of Art.  Chase was an early proponent of plein air (open air) painting.  His loose brushwork and bold use of color were very influential in turn-of-the-century America.  Among his many outstanding pupils was Georgia O’Keefe.  Chase’s landscapes are invariably gorgeous.  He did a number of famous paintings of the lakes in Central Park and of the seashore on Long Island.  Whereas Henri was concerned with finding the beautiful in the conventionally ugly, Chase was concerned with finding the beautiful in the beautiful!

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