William Merritt Chase
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was an American impressionist painter. He was a prolific painter with more than 2000 works, included still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. One of the largest collection of his paintings is at The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
He devoted much of his time and energy to teaching, at the Art Students League, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Shinnecock Summer School of Art, and the New York School of Art, the last two of which he founded and was the most celebrated teacher of his time. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Some of his works include: Still Life With Watermelon (1869), The Jester: Preparatory drawing for the painting "Keying Up" - The Court Jester (ca. 1875), Pablo de Sarasate: Portrait of a Violinist (ca. 1875), Gray Day on the Lagoon (ca. 1877), Afternoon in the Park (1890), Sunny Day at Shinnecock Bay (c. 1892), The Blue Kimono (1898), and Self-portrait: The Artist in his Studio (1915-16).