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An Afternoon Stroll

William Merritt Chase, American, (November 1, 1849–October 26, 1916)

Creation date: ca. 1890-1895
Creation place: United States

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation and Earle W. Grant Acquisition Funds
Accession Number: 1976.1
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 47 1/8 in. x 50 1/4 in. (119.7 cm x 127.64 cm)


Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, New York ( - February 19, 1976)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 19, 1976 - )

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The figure in William Merritt Chase’s An Afternoon Stroll, garbed in a white dress with coral accents, complements rather than competes with her natural surroundings. The soft yellows and greens that dominate the picture are typical of the artist’s choices in his many renderings of Shinnecock, Long Island, and demonstrate his ability to convey the delicate interplay between light and shadow. In this painting, the late afternoon sun strikes the figure and the cedar trees in the background from behind, casting their shadows forward onto the grassy ground. The paintings Chase completed near the ocean contrast starkly with the darker, more decoratively dense paintings he finished at his Tenth Street studio. While much of his work around this time is focused on the terrain of Shinnecock, such as the area’s open fields and beaches, he was deeply inspired by his wife, daughters, and other women visitors to his home and studio on Long Island.
Last Updated: 3/27/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Exhibit , 00/00/00 - 4/9/1974

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150, 172, Figure Number: 172

Chase Centennial Exhibition, John Herron Art Museum. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1949
Page Number: An Afternoon Stroll

Keith L. Bryant, Jr.. William Merritt Chase: University of Missouri Press. Columbia, Missouri, 1991
Page Number: 169, Figure Number: 169

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