Still life with fish, after William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)

AMERICAN SCHOOL (20th Century )

Still life with fish, after William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)

20th century United States

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A painting which combines technical skill with a naïve vision, this intriguing still life has an affinity to works by William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916): for example, An English cod, 1904, Corcoran Gallery; Still life, fish, 1912, Brooklyn Gallery; Still life with fish, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Fish still life, 1908, Art Students League of New York, etc. At first glance a work with ties to the Spanish still life school, this may in fact be by a pupil or follower of Chase, one of the most important American teachers of his period. Some passages of paint – for instance, in the large red fish in the centre, the crab and the knife – are very accomplished, and the more naïve elements (such as the handling of the salt cellar, and a tendency for some objects to float free of the table top) may indicate that it is indeed the work of a student. The colours, viewpoint and combination of objects are all extremely close to those in Chase’s paintings, and demonstrate his skill as a teacher; but this is also a striking and decorative work in its own right.
Height 43.80 cm (17.24 inches)
Width 55.90 cm (22.01 inches)
External Height 65.10 cm (25.63 inches)
External Width 76.50 cm (30.12 inches)
Oil on canvas
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