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The Moorish Warrior

William Merritt Chase

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
This imposing painting demonstrates the cultural intersections that shaped the work of American artists in the post–Civil War era. William Merritt Chase learned this Realist style, with its rich brushwork, in Munich. He also learned how to invent scenes in the studio. This work was painted in Venice, where he found his model and purchased the props. The painting was commissioned by a German patron, who was attracted to the Middle Eastern subject matter that was increasingly popular as a result of European colonial interests in that region. Chase signaled his presence in this fictional scene with the smoldering cigar at the lower right corner.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1878
DIMENSIONS 59 3/16 x 94 7/16 in. (150.4 x 239.9 cm) frame: 72 1/2 x 106 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (184.2 x 270.2 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of John R.H. Blum and Healy Purchase Fund B
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). The Moorish Warrior, ca. 1878. Oil on canvas, 59 3/16 x 94 7/16 in. (150.4 x 239.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John R.H. Blum and Healy Purchase Fund B, 69.43 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.43_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 69.43_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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