American painter, William Merritt Chase settled in New York in 1878 after five years studying in Europe. He became the most important American teacher of his generation.Please, come with us, Véronique Marcovitch Rouillay, Heritage Teacher of Academies of Decorative Painting, is happy to present to you “Portrait of Dora Wheeler”, 1882-83.
Here, we are in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, at the Museum of Art. We went to see a beautiful painting by William Merrit Chase with a very nice bouquet of daffodils. It is a very large painting, oil on canvas. Dora Wheeler became Chase’s first student when he returned from overseas study in Munich and set up a teaching studio in New York. At the time, few American artists accepted women as private pupils.
After her course of study, Wheeler joined her mother in launching a successful decorating firm, one of the first businesses in the country to be operated entirely by women. For the firm, she designed luxurious textiles, and the embroidered silk tapestry that fills the background in her portrait references her occupational interest.
Chase’s portrait was awarded a gold medal at an international survey of contemporary art in Munich in 1883, and later that year was also shown in Paris. At some later point, the painting was acquired by the sitter, who subsequently donated it to the museum.
7 – Chase School of Art with ladies students.
Chase Class of Art.
Chase studio. 1900.
The “Ten” Group with William Merrit Chase, in 1908. You have more informations about Chase with Wikipedia.
Some works about Dora Wheeler, American Artist (1856-1940) with Metmuseum.
Dora Wheeler decorative works.
You can see Dora Wheeler designs for tapestries with “The Textile Blog.”