Pioneering American Impressionist William Merritt Chase was equally adept at still lifes, landscapes and portraits, such as his exceptional “The Yellow Blouse.” This image, one of many featuring Chase’s family, depicts his wife in a dress resembling her outfit in the famous “A Friendly Call.” It also mirrors a portrait of one Chase’s students, titled “The Golden Lady.” “The Yellow Blouse” was probably not this piece’s original name, but one given after Chase’s death.
An American leader of Impressionist landscape painting, William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916) was also a brilliant portrait and still-life artist. The leader of several artistic societies, he taught future icons Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent. Chase was a trendsetter who introduced European styles to American artists. A master of mimicking rich oil paints with pastels, he could expertly paint numerous subjects. Chase’s contemporary Impressionist works significantly impacted the acceptance of modern styles in late 19th-century America.