Chase and the Shinnecock School
The first important American art colony dedicated to plein air painting, the Shinnecock Summer School of Art (1891-1902) was led by the flamboyant, prolific, and talented William Merritt Chase. A painter of landscapes, portraits and still lifes, Chase was not only a revered artist, but a celebrated teacher who was influential in bringing impressionist painting to the United States. Although Joseph Stella, Rockwell Kent, Gifford and Reynolds Beal were among some of the well-known men to attend Chase’s school, women artists actually outnumbered their male counterparts and included such names as Lydia Emmett and Lilian Hale. The early 20th century meadows and dunes of Southampton were both the subject matter and a backdrop for Chase and his Shinnecock students. The lecture will be given by Art Historian, Anne Frances Moore, who has worked as curator and director of many art museums including the Kimbell Art Museum, Dallas Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum and the art museum at Oberlin College. This lecture is part of the Southampton Historical Museum’s four part “Gilded Age Lecture Series,” each lecture is $10 or $30 for all four lectures, free for members and children.