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Portrait of My Daughter Alice, c. 1895, William Merritt Chase

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Portrait of My Daughter Alice
c. 1895
William Merritt Chase
(American, 1849-1916)
America, 19th century
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 183 x 121.2 cm (72 1/16 x 47 11/16 in.)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hermon A. Kelley, in memory of their daughter Virginia Kelley Newberry 1920.254
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mandato

Yes, the child has grown! :-))
Thanks again for the little art 'detour', carol.

carolsmc

Thanks, Mandato! How glam she is in this!

mandato

Isn't art - history detective work fun, carol?? A link to help things along perhaps....sorry, I should have included it earlier.

https://www.wikiart.org/en/william-merritt-chase/my-daughter-dieudonnee-aka-alice-dieudonnee-chase.

carolsmc

First of 11 children! No wonder she looks serious. On the other hand, you spurred me to search for the 1902 painting of Alice, in the course of which I discovered that a favorite Chase painting in the Hirshorn Museum was also of Alice: https://www.si.edu/object/portrait-artists-daughter:hmsg_66.879. Note that this one was featured in an exhibit titled "Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art." On the basis of diverse portrayals by her father, I'm thinking Alice had both natures. Now back to the search for the 1902 painting. Thanks for dispatching me on the hunt, mandato.

mandato

Yes I would, carol, as well as wonder what happened to Alice, also named Dieudonee - gift from God. It seems she was the first of 11 children and Merritt-Chase's favourite model. There is another portrait of her painted in 1902, where she seems more laid back, draped in a feathery 'boa' and looking somewhat whimsical. Well, I'm having fun filling in the dots and moving the story forward....:-)).

carolsmc

Mandato, I'm imagining this child as very disciplined and intent during the time she spent practicing and performing on the piano in this room. I hope she also had time to laugh and play outside and in some less formal spaces in their home. Wouldn't you love to know who is depicted in the portrait hanging above Alice's head?

mandato

It's very fine and formal. Yet she's painted sideways and I get a sense that
she's walking out of this room! Your puzzles seem to often spark my imagination, carol....I really enjoy them, THANKS.

carolsmc

I think so, too, Patsy. I can almost feel it.

The way he painted fabrics is amazing

carolsmc

Thank you for your comment, Isaly. It seems Chase portrayed his daughter with depth and considerable gravitas, particularly for her young age.

Isaly2

Beautiful painting....

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