Chase dragged a brush loaded with green paint across the canvas, creating the illusion of a waterlogged landscape with its slick surface. Clouds tinged with gray manifest a passing shower.
Capturing the ephemerality of nature in a bright palette was characteristic of the French Impressionists, with whom Chase was well acquainted. Like these artists, he painted en plein air (“in the open air”).
Long Island Landscape after a Shower of Rain was acquired by the Art Association of Indianapolis (now the IMA) and included in their exhibitions for three consecutive years from 1889 through 1891. Undoubtedly, Chase’s Hoosier colleagues saw the picture. They had a similar desire to paint local motifs in an impressionistic manner.
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