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Chase, William Merritt (1849 - 1916)
Tenth Street StudioDate: c. 1880-81 and c. 1910
Technique: Oil on canvas
Museum: Carnegie Museum of Art
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Size: H: 119 x W: 168 cm,
Notes: Chase painted his remarkable studio a number of times, though perhaps never as impressively as in this work. Photographs of the unfinished canvas taken in the studio indicate that Chase painted the right-hand wall in the picture first, using the dense handling and rich coloring typical of his work around 1880. A photograph taken around 1891 shows the wall completed as far as the Dutch cupboard. The canvas apparently remained in this state until the last decade of Chase's life. Years after he had left his famous studio, he finished the standing figures, floor, and left-hand third of the picture from memory, using the thin, rapid brushwork and grayed palette characteristic of his late style. The painting's overall effect is of an environment whose only solid, enduring elements are the Munich School pictures on the walls, the Japanese prints and fans, the porcelains and silks, and the large swan. The rest of the studio, including its occupants, appears diffracted in the light, as if merely so much atmosphere.
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