Saturday, August 22, 2015

Chasean Vistas

The Southampton Historical Museum is celebrating Southampton's 375th Anniversary through a series of lectures. Hugh and I attended one of them, last week's talk on William Merritt Chase and the Founding of Art Village.
The lecture was held in the recently restored Sayre barn. Authors Cynthia V.A. Schaffer and Lori Zabar both spoke on the Founding of the Art Village at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art. We watched slides! Note the dear camp stool and painter's pallet. The school was directed by William Merritt Chase and operated from 1891 - 1902. Most lessons were taught en plein air. The Art Village was founded to house its students. I investigated this topic previously here: Chasing Chase . We enjoyed the lecture and the gathering afterwards. Prosecco and hors d'oeuvres were served in the pergola on the great lawn of the Roger's Mansion. A summer treat.
The Big Bayberry Bush (The Bayberry Bush), ca. 1895
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916)
Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 33 1/8 inches
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Littlejohn Collection, 1961.5.5 via
Inspired by the museum lecture, we went looking for Chasean vistas, views along the Peconic Bay that appear now as they did a hundred years ago.
We visited Towd Point.
I was surprised at the expansiveness of their bay beach. 
The Shinnecock Summer School had many students that went on to become well known artists. George Bellows was one. The painting below is in Guild Hall's permanent collection. The date of its creation suggests that it could have been painted while attending Chase's classes. I found an extensive  list of the school's students and teachers on the Parrish Art Museum's site in the section called Parrish East End stories under "social networks" here. Many more artists to investigate.
Road with Barn near Sag Harbor, George Bellows 1899
Watercolor, 9-7/8 x 15″
Guild Hall Collection image via
A bayberry bush.
Shinnecock Hills c.1895 by William Merritt Chase
16" x 24" Private Collection via
More information:
  1. Cynthia V. A. Schaffner and Lori Zabar
    Winterthur Portfolio 
    Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2010) , pp. 303-350

    Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc.
    Stable URL:

1 comment:

  1. I keep repeating myself..but what a place you live need for holiday getaways..!


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