Indianapolis Museum of Art Accession Number: 1997.183, Indianapolis Museum of Art Object Type: Visual Works: Paintings

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American Impressionist William Merritt Chase declined to take on his father’s shoe business with the explanation that “the desire to draw was born in me.” He trained first with Barton S. Hays in Indianapolis before studying abroad at the Royal Academy in Munich, where he met his future friends and travel companions Frank Duveneck and John Twachtman. Though he was first recognized for his still lifes, Chase painted a range of subjects including landscapes, cityscapes, studio interiors, and portraits in both oil and pastel. His wife and his children were frequently featured in his works. Chase’s style found affinity in the French Impressionists’ brushwork and treatment of light. He became a late member of “the Ten American Painters” and opened the Chase School of Art, which would later be renamed the Parsons New School for Design.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Cleveland Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum
Selected exhibitions
2018
Every Picture Tells a StoryParrish Art Museum
2016
William Merritt Chase: A Modern MasterPhillips Collection
2015
The Permanent Collection: Connections and ContextParrish Art Museum
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First Touch of Autumn, ca. 1898

Oil on wood
40 1/8 × 50 1/8 in
101.9 × 127.3 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Indianapolis

Indianapolis Museum of Art Accession Number: 1997.183, Indianapolis Museum of Art Object Type: …

Medium
Image rights
Image provided by Indianapolis Museum of Art

American Impressionist William Merritt Chase declined to take on his father’s shoe business with the explanation that “the desire to draw was born in me.” He trained first with Barton S. Hays in Indianapolis before studying abroad at the Royal Academy in Munich, where he met his future friends and travel companions Frank Duveneck and John Twachtman. Though he was first recognized for his still lifes, Chase painted a range of subjects including landscapes, cityscapes, studio interiors, and portraits in both oil and pastel. His wife and his children were frequently featured in his works. Chase’s style found affinity in the French Impressionists’ brushwork and treatment of light. He became a late member of “the Ten American Painters” and opened the Chase School of Art, which would later be renamed the Parsons New School for Design.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Cleveland Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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