The range of subject matter found in Chase’s paintings gives us a broad look at the fashionable world of late 19th- and early 20th-century New York. See how formal portraits and intimate scenes of daily life illustrate the changes in fashion during a period when public life, outerwear, and sportswear for both men and women became more common.

Pamela Parmal, Chair and David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts


Above: William Merritt Chase, Portrait of a Lady in Pink (detail), about 1888-1889. Oil on canvas. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Gift of Isaac C. Bates, 94.010. Photography by Erik Gould, courtesy of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

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