William Merritt Chase
A Modern Master
Elsa Smithgall, Erica E. Hirshler, Katherine M. Bourguignon, Giovanna Ginex, and John Davis; With a foreword by D. Frederick Baker
June 28, 2016
248 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
176 color illus.
Published in association with The Phillips Collection
The history of modern art owes a great debt to William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), one of America’s influential artists and educators. Chase was a leading member of the international artistic avant-garde and was best known for his mastery of a wide range of subjects in oil and pastel, including figures, landscapes, urban park scenes, interiors, and portraits. As a teacher and founder of the Shinnecock Summer School of Art and the New York School of Art, Chase mentored a new generation of modernists, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella.
A century after his death, the breadth and richness of Chase’s career are celebrated in this beautifully illustrated publication. Five essays by prominent scholars of American art offer new insights into Chase’s multi-faceted artistic practice and his position in the international cultural climate at the turn of the 20th century.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ca’Pesaro-Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venice