Portrait of the Artist’s Sister-in-Law by William Merritt Chase

Portrait of the Artist's Sister-in-Law - William Merritt Chase -

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Artist's Sister-in-Law
ArtistWilliam Merritt Chase
Dimensions54.6 x 43.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of the Artist's Sister-in-Law

The artwork titled “Portrait of the Artist’s Sister-in-Law” was painted by William Merritt Chase, employing the medium of oil on canvas. As an exemplar of the Impressionism movement, this piece measures 54.6 by 43.2 cm and belongs to the portrait genre. At present, the artwork resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes the depiction of a woman’s visage and upper torso, framed against a rich, warm yellow backdrop that is enlivened with spontaneous brushwork bearing hints of greenery and floral motifs. Her countenance is rendered with soft, diffused lighting that captures the subtleties of her expression, providing a look that is both direct and contemplative. The artist’s sister-in-law is dressed elegantly in a black attire with a delicate white lace collar that encircles her neck, adding a textural contrast to the composition. Chase’s brushwork is loose and free-form, characteristic of the Impressionist style, which conveys the transient effects of light and color. Overall, the artwork exudes a sense of immediacy and intimacy, inviting the viewer to engage with the subject on a personal level.

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