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For the Little One

Artist:
William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)
Date:
ca. 1896
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 x 35 1/4 in. (101.6 x 89.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Amelia B. Lazarus Fund, by exchange, 1917
Accession Number:
13.90
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 769
"For the Little One" shows Chase’s wife, Alice, in the entry hall of the couple’s summer home at Shinnecock, in the town of Southampton, Long Island, New York. The artist captured her engaged in a genteel handicraft with a maternal subtext: sewing a bit of apparel for a “little one,” presumably one of the five children in the Chase family by 1895. While he included in the scene decorative elements that conjured the aesthetic atmosphere of their residence, Chase focused more intently on the effects of light, demonstrating his command of plein-air painting, even with an indoor subject.
Signature: [at lower left]: Wm. M. Chase
the artist, New York, at least 1897–died 1916; his wife, Alice Gerson Chase, New York, 1916–1917
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