Artist and Studio
William Merritt Chase, 1900

William Merritt Chase, 1900

The Tenth Street Studio Building, constructed in New York City in 1857, was the first modern facility designed solely to serve the needs of artists. It became the center of the New York art world for the remainder of the nineteenth century. 

The building helped to make Greenwich Village central to the arts in New York City, drawing artists from all over the country to work, exhibit, and sell their art. Winslow Homer and many artists of the Hudson River School, including Frederic Church, Lockwood de Forest and Albert Bierstadt, had studios there.

In 1879 William Merritt Chase moved into the main gallery. Chase’s studio in particular represented the sophisticated taste which came to characterize the building.   Wikipedia

American Impressionists

Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Singer Sargent, Edmund Charles Tarbell, John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, James McNeill Whistler

William Merritt Chase in his studio, 1910.

William Merritt Chase in his studio, 1910.

William Merritt Chase portrait by James Carroll Beckwith, 1881-82.  Indiana Museum of Art.

William Merritt Chase portrait by James Carroll Beckwith, 1881-82.  Indiana Museum of Art.

William Merritt Chase’s 10th St. Studio, c. 1900   Archives of American Art

William Merritt Chase’s 10th St. Studio, c. 1900   Archives of American Art

William Merritt Chase - The Tenth Street Studio [1880]
"Chase (American, 1849–1916), who is almost lost in the shadows at the right, portrays himself holding his palette as if pausing from work, but he leaves it to the viewer to deduce whether the young woman with whom he chats is a model, a patron, or a friend. Her listlessness and immersion in an aesthetic interior make her seem like a precious object, a simile embraced by many artists and collectors of the period. Her association with art reflects women’s roles as consumers and keepers of culture and arbiters of taste."  [Gandalf’s Gallery]

William Merritt Chase - The Tenth Street Studio [1880]

"Chase (American, 1849–1916), who is almost lost in the shadows at the right, portrays himself holding his palette as if pausing from work, but he leaves it to the viewer to deduce whether the young woman with whom he chats is a model, a patron, or a friend. Her listlessness and immersion in an aesthetic interior make her seem like a precious object, a simile embraced by many artists and collectors of the period. Her association with art reflects women’s roles as consumers and keepers of culture and arbiters of taste."  [Gandalf’s Gallery]

Ten American Painters (The Ten), 1908, by Haeseler Photographic Studios, Philadelphia. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Seated, left to right: Edward Simmons, Willard L. Metcalf, Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Robert Reid.     Standing, left to right: William Merritt Chase, Frank W. Benson, Edmund C. Tarbell, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Joseph Rodefer De Camp. src

Ten American Painters (The Ten), 1908, by Haeseler Photographic Studios, Philadelphia. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Seated, left to right: Edward Simmons, Willard L. Metcalf, Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Robert Reid. Standing, left to right: William Merritt Chase, Frank W. Benson, Edmund C. Tarbell, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Joseph Rodefer De Camp. src

William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Louis L. Betts. Betts (1873–1961) was a southern painter.

William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Louis L. Betts. Betts (1873–1961) was a southern painter.

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of William Merritt Chase, 1899. Hirshborn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of William Merritt Chase, 1899. Hirshborn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution

William Merritt Chase, The Tenth Street Studio

William Merritt Chase, The Tenth Street Studio

Men’s art class. William Merritt Chase is the instructor.

Men’s art class. William Merritt Chase is the instructor.