Chase made his name with images of women. Appreciate how he depicted women in a variety of roles—both active and meditative, in the city and at home, and in professional and domestic guises—revealing the new opportunities and challenges they faced during the late 19th century, when ideas about a woman’s proper place were undergoing rapid change.
Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings and co-curator of “William Merritt Chase”
Above: William Merritt Chase, Ready for the Ride, 1877. 2014.1466. Oil on canvas. Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund.