William Merritt ChaseU.S. 1849-1916
Still Life with Brass Kettle 31.0015
William Merritt Chase painted portraits, still-lifes, interior spaces, and landscapes, and he depicted fish still-lifes like no other. This painting portrays a great interest in different lighting effects on objects, particularly the glowing reflections shown in the brass kettle. Chase attended the National Academy of Design in New York and later also studied in Munich with the help of some generous patrons. After absorbing all that he could in Munich and rejecting an opportunity to teach, he returned to America to paint. Chase helped to develop a growing interest in art in America in the 1880s, at a time when it was of little importance to the American public, by initiating art classes, schools, and exhibitions. In addition, he was a leader in the "Society of American Art." After the turn of the century, however, he left the Society to join the artistic group known as the "Ten," famous for their elegant depiction of American life.
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