Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island's East End
William Merritt Chase and his family spent summers in Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, from 1892 to 1905. As part of his employment at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art, Chase was provided with a home designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. These years are recorded in works Chase painted of the sandy hills covered with pitch pine and bayberry. The vivid images mirror the beginnings of the East End as an art colony and its rise as a Gilded Age resort.
Chase usually featured people prominently in his landscapes, these being his daughters, often depicting them playing together, on the beach, or lying in the summer grass at Shinnecock.
The Shinnecock works in particular have come to be thought of by art historians as particularly fine examples of American Impressionism.
The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.