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.

Date:

1894

Artist:

William Merritt Chase
American, 1849–1916

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.

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American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

William Merritt Chase

Title

Wind-Swept Sands

Origin

United States

Date

1894

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: "Wm M. Chase."

Dimensions

87 × 101.5 cm (34 1/4 × 39 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1991.249

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