Girl in a Japanese Costume
More than records of an individual likeness or a personality, portraits can be windows onto cultural trends or preoccupations. Chase’s portrait of a young woman dressed in a kimono reflects the growing late nineteenth-century American interest in Asian arts and crafts. Japanese objects, increasingly accessible after the opening of trade with Japan in the 1860s, were particularly favored. The “Japanese taste” underpinned the style of the British Aesthetic Movement by the 1870s and its American successor.
- Artist: William Merritt Chase, American, 1849-1916
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: ca. 1890
- Dimensions: 24 5/8 x 15 11/16 in. (62.5 x 39.8 cm) Frame: 36 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (92.1 x 69.9 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed upper left: "Wm. M. Chase"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 86.197.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Isabella S. Kurtz in memory of Charles M. Kurtz
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Girl in a Japanese Costume, ca. 1890. Oil on canvas, 24 5/8 x 15 11/16 in. (62.5 x 39.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Isabella S. Kurtz in memory of Charles M. Kurtz, 86.197.2
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)