William Merritt Chase


William Merritt Chase


Franklin, Indiana


Plein-air landscape, interior scenes and genre painting, teaching

A native Midwesterner, William Merritt Chase became one of the more revered figures in American art because of his painting abilities and skills at conveying them to other artists. Described as the “single most important teacher of his generation, perhaps in all of American art education” (Gerdts 135), he was not committed to any one style of painting and basically considered himself a realist. He utilized elements of various styles including Tonalism, Impressionism, and Realism, and his willingness to grow and change with an evolving art world, he aligned himself with progressive groups including the Society of American Artists in New York.