About this artwork
Between 1891 and 1901, William Merritt Chase was a highly influential teacher at the Shinnecock Summer Art School in Long Island, New York, and while there he painted numerous landscapes of the surrounding area. Chase's teaching method was rooted in the French Impressionist tradition of painting outdoors in order to take advantage of natural light and changing weather conditions. In Wind-Swept Sands, the rapid brushstrokes depicting the dunes and vegetation, the thin washes of the sky, and the overall gray tonality indicate an overcast day, while a hint of blue at the horizon suggests the elusive presence of the sun.
- William Merritt Chase
- Wind-Swept Sands
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed lower left: "Wm M. Chase."
- 87 × 101.5 cm (34 1/4 × 39 3/4 in.)
- Restricted gift of 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