WIlliam Merritt Chase (American 1849-1916)
Still Life with Brass Jug, Metal Bowl, Lettuce and Red Peppers
Signed 'W M Chase' bottom right, oil on canvas
32 1/8 x 28 in. (81.6 x 71.1cm)
Windsor Hall Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above on August 11, 1964.
Collection of Dr. Morris V. Shelanski, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
William Merritt Chase composed many still-life paintings in his New York studio, using various props to create carefully-balanced compositions. The present work is no exception. It features a brass jug, a metal bowl as well as a large container, which can all be seen in other still lifes by the artist. The use of lettuce and red peppers, which Chase incorporated in order to infuse "notes of color" within the somber picture plane, is also reminiscent of other compositions by the artist. While Chase's large-scale still-life paintings of fish share strong ties with seventeenth century Spanish works, the present work is closer in style, because of its delicacy, muteness and overall simplicity, to the work of eighteenth century master, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, who often used brass elements to reflect the dim light of his studio, and common, colorful, fruit and vegetables to engage with the viewer's eye.
The present work has been accepted by, and will be added to the addenddum files of The Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase, (1849-1916). It has been assigned the catalogue number: SLAA.183. A copy of the Art Research Report issued from Ronald G. Pisano, Inc. and signed by D. Frederick Baker, dated October 27, 2020 will accompany the work.
Sold for $12,500 (buyer's premium included)