Happy birthday to William Merritt Chase! 🎨🎉 Born on this day in 1849, Chase was the oldest of six children. At the age of 23 he moved to Munich where he was heavily influenced by the Old Masters. 1878 brought Chase back to New York, though he continued to make several trips back to Europe, where he came into contact with many other important painters of the time, including Alfred Stevens, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. After a successful career as a portraitist, Chase died in New York in 1916.
Come see some of his works along with his palette and brush in Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens, on display at The Museum until January 20!
Used by William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Artist’s Palette, wood and oil paint, 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1/4 inches, Gift, William Ferguson, 1961.145.1.
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Girl with Doll, oil on canvas, 17 1/4 x 14 inches, Museum Purchase, 1932.389.1. .
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Portrait of a Boy in Van Dyck Costume, oil on panel, 19 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1939.342.1. .
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), My Palette, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, Museum Purchase, 1931.907.1.
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