William Merritt Chase
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William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 - October 25, 1916) is an American painter known for his commitment to Impressionism and as a teacher.
He was born in Williamsburg (now Nineveh), Indiana, and became a student of B. F. Hays in Indianapolis and Joseph Oriel Eaton in New York as well as A. Wagner and Karl von Piloty in Munich.
He moved to New York his own school after teaching several years at the Art Students League. He works in all media: oil painting, pastel, ink. His themes are numerous: landscapes, still lifes, portraits, but it is these that made him famous, many individuals wishing to become models.
Chase won numerous honors and became a member of the National Academy of Design, New York, he directed for ten years the Society of American Artists. He joined the Ten American Painters after the death of John Henry Twachtman.