Thursday, December 6, 2012

Presentation- William Merritt Chase


         William Merritt Chase was born in Williamsburg, Indiana in 1849.  His family owned a shoe business, but William was more interested in drawing.   He studied at the National academy of design in New York   William studied abroad at the royal academy of fine arts in Munich.  Then chase returned to New York where he began teaching at the art students league.  In 1880 he was elected president of the national academy of design.  Chase artwork consists of painting figures, landscapes,studio interiors and portraits.  painting with oil pastels was his style .  William Merritt Chase died in new York city in 1916.

     William Merritt Chase's studio interior painted in 1882.  A 2D oil on canvas.  Chase after studying in Europe came to New York and decorated his studio with art, furniture, from his collection in Europe   he did this to show a visual experience and his taste.  There are organic and geometric shapes.  The wall consists of primary and secondary colors.  There are a lot of antique furniture with pattern and decorative deigns.  The walls and rugs also have a unique pattern.  I like how chase puts art inside his painting for example, there is a sculpture of a head, painting and some drawings.  This painting is asymmetrical because the two sides does not correspond with each other, there is something completely different on each side.  All the painting, drawings and sculpture in this painting creates a visual rhythm.  The women in this painting can be a visitor (friend).  Her looking through one of his books shows she is curious to know all about chase's findings in Europe.   Going to Chase's studio is a visit to a Museum

        Shinnecock hills painted in 1895 is pastel on pre-primed canvas.  The materials used in the painting are paint, brush, and canvas.  This 2D painting consists of variation of green.  The rule of odds was used for the trail left in the grass.  This is a realistic painting with implied texture.  Horizon line meeting the field makes it seems calm.  The shapes used are organic.  Secondary colors green and orange is incorporated.  There is unity with the grass and trees.  Also gives a sense of visual rhythm.  The balance of this painting is approximate symmetry.  I think William painted this for the love of art found in nature.  Something so beautiful can come to life on canvas.  This hill is located in Long Island.  it was also a school where he teached called Shinnecock summer School of art.

   A portrait of Lydia Field Emmet, is an oil on canvas painted in 1892.  The lace pattern on the shoulder, arm and back of her dress.  This is a realistic painting of Lydia.  The way she is posed shows she is dominant, independent and bold.  From her dress one can say she is rich or was brought up by a royal family.  She is also an american painter who studied with William Chase.  The pink bow freely trailing from the back of her dress can symbolize her being carefree.  The spotlight is on her with the background painted black.

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