Still Life (Brass Bowl)

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)

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  • The distorted reflections of an eclectic group of objects, including carnations, a figurine, and a religious medal, are captured in the curvature of a large brass bowl. Animating the inanimate, Chase’s rapidly applied brushwork was suited perfectly for still-life painting.
  • The Art Students League in New York conferred an award, named the Chase Still Life Scholarship, to painters who excelled in the genre. Though Chase demonstrated dexterity in a variety of subjects, he was best known for his still lifes.
  • In 1903 the John Herron Art Institute (now the IMA) acquired Still Life (Brass Bowl) for its collection. With the simultaneous purchase of Dorothy, the museum held examples of Chase’s work in portraiture, still-life, and landscape painting.

Object Information

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)
creation date
about 1903
oil on canvas
38-1/4 x 48-1/4 in. (canvas)
54 x 64 x 6-1/4 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, lower left: Wm. M. Chase.
accession number
credit line
John Herron Fund
Public Domain
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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