For close to 150 years, artists have been drawn by the Hamptons, tempted by the beauty of the landscape, the clear pure light, and in previous days, by cheap rents. See where some of the greatest to call our area home lived and worked. This is a work in progress, and please note that for privacy, we've only recorded the homes of dead artists. Enjoy.Read More
Artists' homes of the Hamptons
See where greatness lived
William Merritt Chase
In 1891, Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase founded the Shinnecock Summer School of Art for Men and Women. In 1892, Stanford White built this gambreled Shingle Style home and studio for Chase and his family.
Lichtenstein and wife Dorothy purchased this home in 1971. The Pop artist said, “We came for several summers and one fall just didn’t leave.” The house is still owned by Dorothy.
In 1949, painter and art critic Fairfield Porter moved from New York City to Southampton with his wife, poet Anne Channing Porter, and their children. His studio was a stone’s throw from his 1840s family home. The beautiful homestead is currently for sale for $5.5M.
Pop artist Larry Rivers moved to Southampton with his wife and children in 1953. In the past few years, his enormous sculpture "Legs" has been been litigated about in Sag Harbor.
In 1947, Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell had the famous French architect Pierre Chareau transform a Quonset hut into the first modern house in East Hampton. He paid about $1,200 for the original four-acre lot on the corner of Georgica and Jericho Roads. In 1985, the hut was torn down.
Thomas Moran and Mary Nimmo Moran
Thomas Moran House was the first artist’s studio built in East Hampton in 1884. A quirky, Queen Anne style-studio cottage, the house was the residence and work space of Hudson River School painter Thomas Moran and his artist wife Mary Nimmo Moran. The house remained privately owned until 2004 when its owner died and left it to the owners of Guild Hall. In disrepair, the ownership of the house was transferred to the Thomas Moran Trust in 2008 so that it can specifically raise funds to restore the structure. Restoration is ongoing.
Impressionist Frederick Child Hassam loved this old house, known as Willow Bend, which he bought from fellow artist Ruger Donoho's widow in 1919. He loved the place so much he had an ambulance take him there from Manhattan to die in 1935.
Elaine de Kooning
Abstract Expressionists Elaine and Willem de Kooning visited East Hampton in 1948 as weekend guests of artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. The couple separated in 1957 but never divorced. Elaine moved into this home in the late 1970s and designed and added the studio.
Willem de Kooning
Abstract Expressionists Elaine and Willem de Kooning visited East Hampton in 1948 as weekend guests of artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. The couple separated in 1957 but never divorced. Willem designed and built this combined home and studio in the early 1960s and died there in 1997.
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner
Pollock and Krasner moved to this house, a typical 19th century farmhouse in Springs, in 1945. The abstract expressionists both lived and worked on the property; Pollock converted the barn into a studio. After Krasner’s death in 1984, the property became a museum.
Andy Warhol purchased his Montauk compound—five houses on a bluff, a former fishing camp belonging to the Church family—with Paul Morrissey for $235,000 in 1971. Warhol liked Montauk’s lack of pretension; he hosted celebrities like Halston, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Rolling Stones at the house, which is a private home today.