William Merritt Chase Still Lifes, Interiors, Figures, Copies of Old Masters, and Drawings Ronald G. Pisano

Publication date:
20 Jul 2010
Yale University Press
240 pages: 305 x 241mm
211 b-w + 127 color illus.
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This is the fourth and final volume in the complete catalogue of the work of William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). Included in this handsome book are interiors, primarily paintings of his renowned Tenth Street Studio, and still life paintings, in particular his well-known depictions of fish, which were sought after by major collectors and museums at the time they were painted. In addition, the catalogue contains his figure works, copies of paintings by Old Masters including Diego Velázquez, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt van Rijn, and a selection of drawings. Finally, the book features a complete list of auction records during Chase’s lifetime.

Through painstaking care and research, this volume uncovers previously unattributed and unidentified works by Chase, presenting new revelations and serving as a fitting capstone to this ambitious publishing project.

Ronald G. Pisano, who was curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art and director of the Parrish Art Museum, researched and prepared the complete catalogue of Chase’s work for over thirty years before his untimely death in 2000. D. Frederick Baker is a director of the Pisano/Chase Catalogue Raisonné Project. Carolyn K. Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in American art at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

"The William Merritt Chase catalogue raisonn‚ stands as a remarkable achievement and will long remain a treasure trove for anyone interested in the art of Chase and American art in general." ?Bruce Weber, National Academy Museum

"Those who appreciate William Merritt Chase's accomplishments applaud the publication of the fourth and final volume of the complete catalogue of his work. Chase has been splendidly served by the astute judgment and devoted scholarship of Ron Pisano, Fred Baker, and Carolyn Lane. That their indispensable records and commentaries are presented here so handsomely—as they have been in the preceding volumes—is entirely appropriate to Chase's great artistic gifts."—H. Barbara Weinberg, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The four-volume Pisano/Chase Catalogue Raisonn‚ is one of the most significant publications in American art to appear in the last severaldecades. Based upon the brilliant research and scholarship of the lateRonald Pisano, the publication not only highlights the importance andvariety of Chase's entire output in many media and a variety ofthemes--portraiture, figure painting, landscape, and still-life--andincludes the history of each of the artist's vast output, but alsointerfaces with the artistic and social developments in America in the latenineteenth and early twentieth century. Beyond this, the beauty and varietyof Chase's art, brilliantly reproduced in these books, provides a visualfeast for the eyes of scholars and art lovers."---William H. GerdtsProfessor Emeritus of Art History, Graduate School of the City University ofNew York

"Like the others in the series, this volume awes readers with its scholarship and detail, yet manages to be lively reading even for the casual fan of American Impressionism. . . . Highly recommended." —M. W. Sullivan, Choice