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William Merritt Chase
Girl in White
about 1890
oil
30 5/8 x 25 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Howard Weingrow



In his own time William Merritt Chase was best known as a portrait painter of genteel men and women, as in Girl in White, most likely a painting of one of his pupils. He described his love of portraiture: “It may truthfully be said that artists probably get more pleasure out of portrait painting than almost any other kind of art work. In portraiture they deal with character and individuality. Each sitter presents some new phase of personality.”