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William Merritt Chase

The Phillips Collection, Washington DC


A Modern Master

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916), a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter, and an influential teacher. Presented on the centennial of his death, this retrospective—the first in over three decades—will explore the interrelationships in Chase’s work across subject and media, from portraits and figurative paintings, to urban park scenes, domestic interiors, still lifes, and landscapes. Featuring more than 70 artworks, this exhibition examines the full breadth of Chase’s achievements spanning his four‐decade long career to shed new light on the artist’s aesthetic philosophy, artistic practice, and working methods while positioning his art and life within the vibrant international cultural climate at the turn of the century.

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A City Park

A City Park (c. 1887), William Merritt Chase. Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago

At the Seaside

At the Seaside (c. 1892), William Merritt Chase. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Just Onions (Onions; Still Life)

Just Onions (Onions; Still Life) (1912), William Merritt Chase. Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Washing Day – A Backyard Reminiscence of Brooklyn

Washing Day – A Backyard Reminiscence of Brooklyn (1887), William Merritt Chase. Courtesy of Collection of Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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