Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On this day. William Merritt Chase, American Impressionist

November 01, 1849. William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 - October 25, 1916) was an American painter, known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. He is also responsible for establishing the Chase School, which later would become Parsons The New School for Design. In this image: William Merritt Chase (American, 1849 - 1916), The Young Orphan (An Idle Moment) by 1884. Oil on canvas. National Academy Museum, New York. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Landscape: Shinnecock, Long Island, c. 1896, Princeton University Art Museum

Spring Flowers. Peonies.Phillips Collection. Smithsonian

Long written off as unimportant, Chase was actually one of the fathers of modern American Art. "“Today, as the history of American art is being rewritten through 21st‐century eyes, long overlooked but revolutionary figures like Chase deserve renewed attention,” Elsa Smithgall says in a press release. “While the artist’s so‐called ‘eclecticism’ has made it a challenge for scholars to fit him into a particular art movement, this exhibition firmly redresses that position by asserting that Chase’s stylistic experimentation is one of his strongest virtues.”

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I had never heard the name of William Merritt Chase, but I do know of the Parsons School of Design. This is beautiful, visually-stunning work. I like all the pieces here, but my favorite would be the last one, Spring Flowers.