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Wind-Swept Sands

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




William Merritt Chase
American, 1849–1916

About this artwork

Between 1891 and 1902, William Merritt Chase was a highly influential teacher at the Shinnecock Summer Art School in Long Island, New York, where he painted numerous landscapes of the surrounding area. In Wind-Swept Sands, Chase used rapid brushstrokes to depict the dunes and vegetation, thin washes for the sky, and an overall gray tone to indicate an overcast day. Chase’s teaching method was rooted in the French Impressionist practice of painting outdoors in order to take advantage of natural light and changing weather conditions.


On View, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


William Merritt Chase


Wind-Swept Sands


Long Island (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower left: "Wm M. Chase."


87 × 101.5 cm (34 1/4 × 39 3/4 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Eric Oldberg in honor of Milo M. Naeve; Friends of American Art and R. H. Love Galleries funds; Walter Aitken Endowment; through prior acquisitions of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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