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Studio Interior

William Merritt Chase

American Art

One of the most successful painters in late nineteenth-century America, William Merritt Chase was a New York personality whose reputation was enhanced by the opulent studio space pictured here, in which he worked and promoted his art. First inspired by the exotically appointed studios of his European contemporaries during his student years abroad, Chase embarked on his own collecting, returning to New York with a wide-ranging assortment of paintings, furniture, textiles, metalwork, ceramics and frames. In 1879 he moved into the largest space in the Tenth Street Studio Building, installing his possessions in the setting that would become a favorite haunt of colleagues, patrons, and the public, to whom it was opened once a week. Chase's paintings of the studio, which highlight a variety of views, suggest his belief in a complete and passionate engagement with art. Characterized by rich colors and lively brushwork, the paintings appealed to an American audience increasingly under the sway of the British Aesthetic Movement, which above all championed the artistic appointment of interiors with a rich ensemble of decorated surfaces.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1882
DIMENSIONS 28 1/16 x 40 1/8 in. (71.2 x 101.9 cm) frame: 3 1/4 x 38 1/2 x 50 3/8 in. (8.3 x 97.8 x 128 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Wm M Chase"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Studio Interior, ca. 1882. Oil on canvas, 28 1/16 x 40 1/8 in. (71.2 x 101.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, 13.50 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.50_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 13.50_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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