Card signed in ink: “Wm M. Chase”. William Merritt Chase.
Card signed in ink: “Wm M. Chase”

American Painter William Merritt Chase

Card signed in ink: “Wm M. Chase”.

1908.

1 vols. 4 x 5 inches. American Painter William Merritt Chase. Fine condition Perlman, The Immortal Eight, pp. 114-5, et seq. Item #28212

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was born in Indiana and worked there for a time as a portrait painter, but came east to study in New York, and subsequently in Munich, beginning a lifetime habit of travel and study abroad. He developed into a famous portraitist, with two studios in New York and one in Philadelphia, as well as gaining renown as a teacher at the New York School of Art, which he had founded in the 1890s, and the Pennsylvania Academy. A dapper dresser, he was the American counterpart of Adolphe William Bouguereau--he claimed “Delicacy of detail is the essence of art”--and equally successful.

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