Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock
William Merritt Chase, ca.1897
oil on canvas 40" x 50"
William Merritt Chase's paintings never cease to inspire. The paintings also intrigue. Where did he paint and how would the plein air location look today? This weekend we were inspired to find the site where Chase painted Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock.
The Shinnecock Canal first opened to boat traffic in 1892. Chase's painting is thought to have been painted around 1897. Bathing at the breakwater near the colorful sailing ships must have been picturesque in Chase's day and it still is today.
The beach near the canal is called Meschutt Beach.
Chase's paintings seem more real to me after being here.