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Does this road begin or end? American Impressionist William Merritt Chase drops us into an overgrown path, slowing fading into a sea of grass. Dare we leave its boundaries, venturing into the warmly colored landscape? Or should we continue directly ahead, hoping to safely reach our still unseen destination somewhere beyond the horizon?
Shinnecock Hills is a result of the artist’s many painting campaigns near his summer school in Southampton, New York, on the eastern part of Long Island. Unlike the local residents who considered this area barren and uninhabitable, Chase viewed its pristine terrain as a painter’s paradise.
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William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Shinnecock Hills, 1895. pastel, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.
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