1111Ca' Pesaro: William Merritt Chase. A painter bewteen New York and Venice
11 February– 28 May 2017
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art.
Organized in co-production with The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Terra Foundation for American Art, the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice presents - European premiere in absolute - a major retrospective dedicated to the US William Merritt Chase. The International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca 'Pesaro, after stops in Washington and Boston, will exhibit from February 11 to May 28, about sixty works by Chase from public and private US collections. The exhibition, which takes place under the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli (Director of Civic Museums Foundation of Venice), Dorothy Kosinski (Director The Phillips Collection) and Matthew Teitelbaum (Ann and Graham Gund Director Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), edited by Elsa Smithgall, Erica E. Hirshler, Katherine M. Bourguignon and Giovanna Ginex, will also include the only work of Chase in Italy - Self-Portrait (1908) - which comes to Venice exceptionally on loan from the Uffizi.
Famous figure in international art circles, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was an innovative painter who has been able to portray, through a technique inspired by the observation of the ancient masters of European art and contemporary life of the North American bourgeoisie. In four decades of work in his works depicting the energy of a nation in the early twentieth century, returning the dynamic changes of a society - mainly composed of middle-class Anglo-Saxon and Protestant ascendancy - that begins to populate the city parks of New York, the beaches of Long Island and to take an interest in culture, visiting exhibitions and artists' studios.
Born in 1849 in Williamsburg in Indiana, Chase, after a first approach to art in the city of New York, in 1872 he moved to Europe to attend the Academy of Fine Arts of Monaco of Bavaria. During the stay of training, which lasts until 1878, makes a series of study trips to London, Paris and Holland. Apart from these places, Venice is a city of choice for Chase, who studies the great painters of the past and at the same time is confronted, while living in the lagoon from 1877 to 1878, with authors who work in the city. Cosmopolitan artist, during the eighties of the nineteenth century alongside frequent trips overseas intense exhibition activity in America and Europe, becoming a reference point for young American painters - including, among others, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella and Edward Hopper - thanks to his role as a teacher and mentor played first at the Art Students League and the Brooklyn Art School, following the Chase Art School which in 1898 will be renamed New York School of Art.
The institutional role within the academies, in the summers between 1903 and 1913 Chase alongside that of teacher and guide, accompanying his students in study stays in major European centers. already considered by his contemporaries one of the greatest interpreters of American painting, Chase exposes the major US and European exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1901 and the International Exhibition of Rome in 1911.
He returned for the last time in the lagoon city with students in the summer of 1913, died in 1916 at his home in Stuyvesant Square
Scientific director: Gabriella BelliEdited by: Elsa Smithgall, Erica E. Hirshler, Katherine M. Bourguignon, Giovanna Ginex