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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.

Seaside Flowers

Afternoon at Peconic

Artist: William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916)
Date: ca. 1897
29 x 38 1/2 in. (73.7 x 97.8 cm)
Framed: 43 1/4 × 52 1/2 × 4 1/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.75
Signed: l.r., in black paint: WM M. CHASE
Place Depicted:
On View
Accession Number: 2006.75
ProvenancePeter A. Schemm [1852-1909], Philadelphia, PA, after 1898; (American Art Association, New York, NY), March 14-17, 1911, lot 275; purchased by W. L. Austin, 1911; Private Collection, FL, before 1936; by descent in the family, until 1983; (Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM), 1983; Private Collection, Greenwich, CT, 1983; (Sotheby's, New York, NY), December 1, 1994, lot 16; purchased by Private Collection, 1994; (Sotheby's, Inc., New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville AR, 2006
Label TextBetween 1891 and 1902, William Merritt Chase spent his summers at Shinnecock, on the south shores of Long Island, where he directed the first out-of-doors summer art school in the United States. Chase encouraged his students to find beauty in landscapes that at first seemed unremarkable, which he has done here. The scrubby bushes, grass, and shoreline are framed with a diagonal slice of sea on the left and dirt path on the right. The figures in the painting include Chase’s wife and four of his daughters.