William Merritt Chase in the Company of Friends May 14 - June 24 1979
This exhibition was designed to focus on a pivotal figure in American art, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), and the relaitonship of his art to that of his European and American contemporaries. The concept of the exhibition is based on permanent installations at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Joaquin Sorolla Museum, Madrid. In each of these museums a single artist's work can be studied in depth along with related works by others represented in the artist's private collection. This type of in-depth study is generally unavailable in this country in permanent installations, and can only be provided through temporary exhibitions. Like Van Gogh and Sorolla, Chase collected the work of contemporary artists; and although a comprehensive body of his own work has been assembled at The Parrish Art Museum over the past twenty years, Chase's private collection was dispersed through several auctions in the early twentieth century. This exhibition ofr the first time, reassembles many of these works from Chase's extensive private collection and other representative works by his contemporaries, and displays them alongside hiw own works of art. In doing so, a very natural situation has been created, similar to the artist's own studio setting, in which very personal relationships between the works might be appreciated. The exhibition should provide an insight into Chase's taste, his artistic development and his relationship to other important artists of the day. It should also erve to examine the active exchange of artistic ideas and influences during this ecletic period, which resulted in what might be described as an 'international' style of painting.