William Merritt Chase

“The successful picture ought to look as if it has been blown on the canvas with one puff.” William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase was a brilliant observer, an innovative painter, and a leader in international art circles at the turn of the last century. ...this important and overlooked master, praised for his artistic skill in both oil and pastel, as well as for the variety of his subjects: sympathetic images of women, jewel-like landscapes.... (http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/william-merritt-chase)

William Merritt Chase (Williamsburg, now known as Nineveh), Indiana, Nov. 1, 1849-Oct. 25, 1916, New York City; age 66); 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.

Chase cultivated multiple personnae: sophisticated cosmopolitan, devoted family man, and esteemed teacher. Chase married Alice Gerson in 1887... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Merritt_Chase)

American Abroad: Major breakthrough in 1871 when given funding by circle of businessmen to attend Royal Academy in Munich or in Chase’s words, “My God, I’d rather go to Europe than to heaven!” Returns to US in 1878, although would regularly travel overseas including Paris, Madrid, and London.

New York, New York: Establishes himself successfully, somehow acquiring one of best studios in New York City; becomes known not only as an accomplished painter, but often for flamboyant lifestyle, including parading his Russian wolfhounds in public. Also for more than 30 years, Chase reigned as leading American art teacher, influencing generations of artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Rockwell Kent; member and head of art societies—in 1902, joined the group called The Ten American Painters often categorized as American Impressionists. (http://artseverydayliving.com/blog/2012/10/arts-everyday-living-william-merritt-chase-artistic-companion-week-fast-facts/)
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