William Merritt Chase

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William Merritt Chase

American Impressionist painter, teacher, portraitist and printmaker

Born 11/1/1849 - Died 1916

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CHASE, WILLIAM MERRITT (1849-1916), American painter, was born at Franklin, Indiana, on the 1st of November 1849. He was a pupil of B. F. Hays at Indianapolis, of J. 0. Eaton in New York, and subsequently of A. Wagner and Piloty in Munich. In New York he established a school of his own, after teaching with success for some years at the Art Students League. A worker in all mediums, oils, water-color, pastel and etching painting with distinction the figure, landscape and still-life, he is perhaps best known by his portraits, his sitters numbering some of the most important men and women of his time. Mr Chase won many honors at home and abroad, became a member of the National Academy of Design, New York, and for ten years was president of the Society of American Artists. Among his important canvases are Ready for the Ride (Union League Club, N.Y.), The Apprentice, Court Jester, and portraits of the painters Whistler and Duveneck, of General Webb and of Peter Cooper.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.


assisted by

student of

  • Piloty, Karl Theodor von (1826-1886)


founder of

  • Chase School of Art from 1896

instructor of

  • Art Students League of New York

member of

  • National Academy of Design, New York

president of

  • Society of American Artists

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz