Mrs. Chase in Prospect Park

Artist: William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)

Date: 1886

Medium: Oil on panel

Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. (34.9 x 49.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Chester Dale, 1963

Accession Number: 63.138.2


Chase had met Alice Gerson (1866–1927), whose father managed a lithography firm, in 1879 or 1880. He painted her and her sister several times during the early 1880s, and married her in February 1887. Chase and his new wife moved to his parents' house in Brooklyn, and it was at this time that he first painted park scenes. Here, his broad strokes and emphasis on reflected light recall Claude Monet's paintings of Argenteuil, but his palette is more restrained than that of the French Impressionists. The painter J. Carroll Beckwith, to whom Chase dedicated this sketch, taught with him at the Art Students League.