Chase was rife with paradox. He dressed flamboyantly and walked down Broadway with a Russian wolfhound, but he was the attentive father to eight children. His Manhattan studio resembled plush interiors of the Middle East, but he was a selfless teacher, a tireless organizer, and a practical advocate for American art. Learn how Chase was an institution-founder, a tastemaker, and a pragmatic teacher—who also managed to be an inventive and even revolutionary painter.
Paul Fisher, associate professor, American Studies, Wellesley College
Above: William Merritt Chase, A Modern Magdalen, about 1888. 2007.7. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Bequest of Susan Greene Dexter in memory of Charles and Martha Babcock Amory, Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge, and the Robert Jordan Fund.