At the turn of the 19th century, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) emerged as one of the most influential artistic teachers in America and a leading member of the group “the Ten American Painters,” also known as “The Ten.” In his paintings, Chase assimilated a wide spectrum of artistic traditions to create a distinctive style, one that was hailed by contemporary art critics as uniquely American. Moreover, Chase's buoyant colorism and his generous, optimistic personality conformed to the popular stereotype of the flamboyant and likeable American artist.
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