William Merritt Chase (1849-1916): an American Master
Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, 11 February-28 May 2017
An important figures in American art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Chase was one of those artists who looked to Europe for his training and inspiration. For him, as for so many American artists of the time, Venice thus took on a particular importance, and he would visit the city repeatedly for extended periods of time – as well, of course, as Paris and other major cities in Italy and throughout Europe. He was a painter of plein air landscapes, portraits and still lifes, as well as being a skilled worker in pastels. Bringing together more than 70 works, the exhibition covers the entire range of his output, as well as providing an opportunity for comparisons with various Italian and Venetian artists of the day.
The event has been organised by the Phillips Collection (Washington DC), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Adults and secondary school
An American Master at the turn of the Nineteenth Century
A guided visit that sets the exhibition perfectly within the context of the museum’s overall collection, this enables the students to compare Chase with a number of artists who were born in – or became the adopted sons of – Venice (for example, Guglielmo Ciardi, Giacomo Favretto, Luigi Nono, Alessandro Milesi, Ettore Tito and others) and to see how all were striving towards a modern pictorial language.
Length: 2 hrs
Languages: Italian, English, French