William Merritt Chase

The Paintings in Pastel, Monotypes, Painted Tiles and Ceramic Plates, Watercolors, and Prints

Ronald G. Pisano; Completed by D. Frederick Baker; With an essay by Marjorie Shelley

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May 31, 2006
160 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
41 b/w + 122 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300109962
Cloth

A perennial favorite of museum visitors, the works of William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) embody the quintessential characteristics of American Impressionism: outdoor landscapes, a colorful palette, and an energetic brushstroke. He was also a portrait painter of the first rank, a master of still life, a renowned teacher, and a leader of artists’ societies.

This gorgeous book, the first of a four-volume definitive catalogue, features Chase’s stunning paintings in pastel, which constitute a major and previously understudied body of work by the artist; monotypes; painted tiles and plates; watercolors; and prints. Reconstructing Chase’s oeuvre is a daunting task, as the artist left few records of any kind, and no documentation of his individual works exists. Furthermore, Chase’s paintings and pastels have been forged in great numbers throughout the years, and many of these works still surface on the art market. Making this long-awaited volume even more valuable is a list of every known exhibition of Chase’s work during the artist’s lifetime, selected examples of major post-1917 exhibitions, and an essay on Chase’s innovative pastel technique.

Ronald G. Pisano, who was curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art and director of the Parrish Art Museum, researched and prepared the complete catalogue of Chase’s work for thirty years before his untimely death in 2000. D. Frederick Baker is a director of the Pisano/Chase Catalogue Raisonné Project. Marjorie Shelley is Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Paper Conservation Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"An extraordinary achievement on the part of Ronald Pisano. His work enriches our appreciation of a towering talent in late-nineteenth-century American art."—D. Frederick Baker, Antiques & Fine Art

"This gorgeous book, the first of a four-volume definitive catalogue, features Chase's stunning paintings in pastel, which constitute a major and previously understudied body of work by the artist; monotypes; painted tiles and plates; watercolors; and prints."—The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles

"Presented in a handsome, coffee-table format and filled with stunning illustrations of Chase’s paintings in pastel, his monotypes, painted tiles and ceramic plates, watercolors and prints, along with information on their subjects, exhibition history and ownership. . . . The results . . . may well be an eye-opener even for knowledgeable Chase fans."—Mary Cummings, Arts and Living

"Chase admirers can be very grateful. The initial volume of a planned four-volume catalog is sumptuously illustrated. . . . At $50, the book is a bargain. It will appeal not only to Chase enthusiasts but to all practitioners of pastel painting."—Gary Michael, Bloomsbury Review

"This is the second in a projected series of four volumes devoted to cataloging all the known works of Chase, one of the first and greatest of the American Impressionists. . . . The text is very meticulous and detailed when it comes to the cataloging of each portrait, but it also demonstrates a larger vision about Chase's place in the history of American art and about the history of portraiture and art patronage in general. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice
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Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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William Merritt Chase
Still Lifes, Interiors, Figures, Copies of Old Masters, and Drawings

Ronald G. Pisano; Completed by D.

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William Merritt Chase
Landscapes in Oil

Ronald G. Pisano; Completed by Carolyn K.

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William Merritt Chase
Portraits in Oil

Ronald G. Pisano; Completed by Carolyn K. Lane and D.

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Pastel Portraits
Images of 18th-Century Europe

Katharine Baetjer and Marjorie Shelley

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American Pastels in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Edited by Doreen Bolger Burke with Marjorie Shelley

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