“Mrs. Chase in Spanish Costume,” one of many family portraits by William Merritt Chase, exemplifies the artist's mastery of oil painting and his ability to reveal a subject’s essence. Influenced by the dark tones and broad brushstrokes of Diego Velázquez, Chase (1849 – 1916) skillfully depicted his ebony-clad wife against a deep green background. Carefully proportioning the background to his wife’s form, Chase flawlessly added accents of red and ivory. Renowned for his portraits, Chase painted numerous other subjects, and worked equally well in oils and pastels.