William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase, Still Life — Fish, around 1900. Photo: courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Legend has it that painter William Merritt Chase, while demonstrating technique to students, would wear an elegant suit — and never drip a spot of paint on his crisp white shirt. He could paint a picture of a fish with strokes so sure and quick he would return the catch to the market before it had become warm. Read more

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