William Merritt Chase was one of the 19th century’s most prominent American Impressionist painters and we are delighted to offer a large selection of art reproductions on canvas from this very popular artist.
William Merritt Chase landscapes include scenes of family and friends in the Shinnecock Hills and New York scenes of Prospect Park and Central Park in New York. Famous Landscapes paintings include The Seaside 1892, Idle Hours 1894, Landscape Shinnecock Long Island 1896, and Bank of a Lake in Central Park 1890.
William Chase painted in the Impressionist style and he was influenced by The French Impressionist Exhibition of 1886 which the French art dealer Durand-Ruel brought to New York.
Born in Indiana, Chase’s family moved to Indianapolis where he worked for his small family business. He studied art and after joining and then leaving the US Navy, Chase was encouraged by his art teachers to train as an artist in New York at the National Academy of Design. He was sponsored to travel to Europe for two years and went to study in Munich. After an extended trip to Venice, with fellow American artist John Henry Twatchman, Chase returned to New York, married and began to teach. He was a good friend of Winslow Homer, and following the success of his studio in New York he opened a summer school in the Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, near his summer home.
Chase was very influential amongst American Impressionist painters, not only due to his own work, but because of the artists he trained. George Bellows, Georgia O’ Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Charles Demuth, and Rockwell Kent were all his students. His Chase School of Art became the New York School of Art, and Chase also taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Brooklyn Art Association. He became a member of the group of Group of Ten also known as Ten American Painters after John Henry Twatchman died.
The last summer class conducted by William Merritt Chase at the art school at Carmel-by –the-Sea, in California, in 1914, where he had a record attendance of over 100 pupils.
William Merritt Chase portraits were of prominent and wealthy people of the day, as well as the many less formal paintings of his wife and eight children. Famous American paintings by William Merritt Chase are Afternoon in the Park 1890, Spring Flowers Peonies 1889, Portrait of Miss Dora Wheeler 1883, and Portrait of a Lady.
Merrit Chase also painted still life. His main subject was dead fish which he frequently painted against a dark background. Discover art reproductions on canvas of Still Life with Fish 1908 from our standard catalogue. William Merritt Chase famous still life oil paintings include Still Life with Fruit and Pitcher and Autumn Fruit 1871.
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