At the Seaside, ca. 1892
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916)
Oil on canvas; 20 x 34 in. (50.8 x 86.4 cm)
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.123)
From 1891 to 1902, Chase served as director of the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art in the town of Southampton on Long Island, New York. He taught two days each week and spent the rest of his time painting and enjoying the company of his family. In this canvas, women and children take their ease close to the edge of a beach—probably along Shinnecock Bay. The perfect site for genteel leisure on the perfect day is capped by a broad expanse of sky that fills the upper half of the canvas. The scudding clouds echo the bright white forms of the children's dresses.