William Merritt Chase (1849–1916)

ca. 1881

Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.453

After finishing his formal art education in Munich, the Indiana-born William Merritt Chase returned to New York to begin a profitable career in portraiture. He soon spent weeks of the summers of 1879–1881 in upstate New York painting plein-air studies with such other artists as Winslow Homer (1836–1910), John Twachtman (1853–1902), and J. Alden Weir (1852–1919). Works like Haystacks were early steps towards Chase’s more fully developed impressionistic landscapes of the later 1880s and ‘90s.