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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

The Song


Artist: William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916)
Date: 1907
Dimensions:
28 x 28 in. (71.1 x 71.1 cm)
Framed: 42 in. × 42 1/2 in. × 4 3/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Signed: l.l., in black paint: Wm M Chase
Place Depicted:
Terms
On View
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Label TextWhile on a trip to Florence, Italy, William Merritt Chase rented the Villa Silli, which featured this 30-by-40-foot room with soaring ceilings and an eclectic assortment of antiques. The artist softens the lush and dramatic interior space with delicate brushwork and rich color. Chase epitomizes the “cosmopolitan artist” of the era. When a group of businessmen once offered to finance his studies abroad, he replied, “My God, I’d rather go to Europe than go to heaven.”

Al viajar a Florencia, en Italia, William Merritt Chase alquiló la Villa Silli. Una de las principales características de la villa, era esta habitación de 9 x 12 metros, con techos altos y una variedad ecléctica de antigüedades. El artista suaviza el rico y dramático espacio interior mediante la aplicación de colores intensos y pinceladas delicadas. Chase es el epítome del “artista cosmopolita” de la era. Cuando un grupo de empresarios le ofrecieron financiar sus estudios en el extranjero, contestó “Dios mío, preferiría ir a Europa que al cielo”.
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