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Charles Webster Hawthorne, Anna Belle Karow, Margaret McKee
On the Dunes
c. 1900 - 1910
oil on canvas
Canvas: 24 1/2 × 62 1/4 inches (62.2 × 158.1 cm)Framed: 35 1/2 × 90 3/16 inches (90.2 × 229 cm)
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Gift of Anna Belle Karow.
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The popularity of landscape painting and the growth of rural art colonies were a result of the increasing urbanization and industrialization of the Western world. William Merritt Chase offered a summer art class in one such rural art colony, located in Shinnecock, Long Island, where Charles Hawthorne was a pupil. In 1899, Hawthorne established a community in Provincetown on Cape Cod, which remains a vital art colony today. On the Dunes shows Hawthorne’s debt to Chase; his placement of the horizon and treatment of figures and the sky echo Chase's well-known paintings of his daughters passing summer afternoons on the dunes at Shinnecock.