William Merritt Chase, ca. 1911-14
monotype, 20 x 15.2 cm
(7 7/8 x 6 in.), Terra Foundation for the Arts, Daniel J. Terra Collection; Photograph ©1997, Courtesy of Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago

Chase Biography

William Merritt Chase made monotypes over a period of at least thirty-four years, beginning with his first efforts in the late 1870s or early 1880s through at least 1914, when he gave demonstrations of the process while teaching a summer class in Carmel, California. A monotype that probably dates from his stay in Carmel is a self-portrait of the artist wearing a straw hat, which suggests the casual dress he probably favored in California. The creases in many of his monotype impressions indicate that they were printed either by an inexperienced printer or on a makeshift press, such as the wringer washing machine he purchased in Carmel. During his stay in California, Chase made several small self-portrait monotypes that he sent to his wife, who had remained on the East Coast.

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