Arts Everyday Living: William Merritt Chase and his Impressionist Friends

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In 1897, in New York City, a group of artists decided to break away from the increasingly conservative Society of American Artists to form The Ten American Painters.  Today, the artists of  the Ten, are regarded by many art historians as American Impressionists, since the elements of their style often resemble their French counterparts Monet, Renoir, and Degas.

However, William Merritt Chase wasn’t one of the original members; he did not join the Ten until 1902, replacing his friend John H. Twachtman who had recently died.

Let’s enjoy a mini-exhibit of the works of art of these other American Impressionists, such as the ethereal Sailing in the Mist by the short lived Twachtman (1853-1902),


John H. Twachtman, Sailing in the Mist, c. 1900, oil on canvas, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


or the elegant Victorian Chair done by Childe Hassam (1859-1935).


Childe Hassam, The Victorian Chair, 1906, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.


Next Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) was considered  “the poet laureate” of New England landscapes by his contemporaries.  Is it evident in his Indian Summer, Vermont?


Willard Metcalf, Indian Summer, Vermont, 1922, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas


While Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919) captures the tranquility of an evening at home in Fireside Dreams.


Julian Alden Weir, Fireside Dreams, 1887, watercolor, Private Collection


Want to learn more about the American Impressionists?  Just consult and you’ll find a number of comprehensive books,

And see our blog:

American Impressionist William Merritt Chase: Fast Facts

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.


And enrich your own life with Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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