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William Merritt Chase
19th-20th century
(Williamsburg, Indiana, 1849 - 1916, New York City)

Born 1849,Williamsburg, IN; active 1869–71, New York; 1871–77, Munich; 1878–1902, New York (with summers 1891–1902 in Long Island, NY); 1896–1903, Philadelphia; 1903–09, Philadelphia, New York, and Europe; 1909-16, New York and Europe; died 1916, New York William Merritt Chase began his career as a portrait painter, his style taking hold in the 1870s at Munich's Königliche Akademie. The art school emphasized bravura brushwork, favored a dark palette, and encouraged study of Old Masters like Velásquez and Hals. Chase himself mastered several styles and subjects: pastel and oil; dark and bright palettes; landscape, still life, and portraiture. Chase was lauded as a master teacher and innovator.


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