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Entries in American Impressionism (3)


William Merritt Chase: American Exponent of Impressionsim

William Merritt Chase - Idle Hours - 1894 - Oil on canvas, 65 x 90 cm - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth (click photo for larger image)Teaching in public or state art schools by artists associated with Impressionism was of central importance in the American dissemination of the new art and its ideas. Summer schools devoted to open-air painting became established in the 1890s as an integral part of American art teaching. The most popular and successful of the schools was the Shinnecock Summer School, opened on Long Island in 1891. It was founded by William Merrit Chase (1849-1916) who taught the methods and practice of open-air painting there for twelve consecutive summers. The carefree cheerfulness that Chase's canvases emanate became increasingly Impressionist in technique as the 1890s wore on. He became master of the flickering atmospherics of light set off by blue strips of sea or sky and enlivened by women and children in bright summer dresses. The dunes and beaches of Shinnecock on Long Island provided Chase with his staple material. A particularly fine example of this period in his work is Idle Hours, featured here.


An American Original

William Merritt Chase - Woman in White, 1910, oil on canvas, Indianapolis Museum of Art (click photo for larger image)American painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) settled in New York in 1878, after five years studying in Munich. He became the most important American teacher of his generation—teaching at the Art Students' League of New York and then at his own Chase School of Art, founded in 1896. The vigorous handling and fresh color characteristic of much of the best American painting of the early 20th century owes a good deal to his example. His pupils (whom he encouraged to paint in the open air) included Charles Demuth and Georgia O’Keefe. Chase was a prolific artist, with an output of more than 2000 paintings that include still lifes, portraits, interiors, and landscapes. Chase is also defined as an American Impressionist. That movement was inspired by earlier French Impressionism, but was much more structured and deliberate.


Childe Hassam - An American Impressionist

Childe Hassam - Boston Common at Twilight - 1885-86 - Oil on Canvas - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (click photo for larger image)Artist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) became well known for his urban and coastal scenes. He was one of the artists who help to promulgate Impressionism to important individuals and institutions in the United States. He produced well over 3000 works of art.