Spotlight: William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Hills, Autumn

December 22, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Beginning in 1891, American Impressionist William Merritt Chase summered in the Shinnecock Hills on Long Island and the area’s stunning scenery inspired him to create some of his most famous compositions. Thanks to the generosity of a private lender, this season the Norton will showcase one of the masterpieces of this landscape series. Although a number of these paintings feature Chase’s family members at leisure, they contain little sense of personal drama. Instead, the focus is on how changing atmospheric conditions transform the land, sea, and sky. Chase’s free paint handling suggests his subject without describing it literally. His painterly surfaces coupled with the relative emptiness of these compositions remind his viewer of their reality as paint on flat canvas. As a result, despite their timeless subjects, these are some of Chase’s most modern works. 

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art.

This exhibition is made possible with support from The Priscilla and John Richman Endowment for American Art.