|Title||Anna Heyward Taylor|
|Artist||Chase, William Merritt|
30 1/4 x 24 inches
|Signature||Wm. M. Chase, 1903|
|Signature Location||top left|
|Inscription||To my friend Anna Heyward Taylor, Wm. M. Chase, 1903; V: To my friend and pupil Anna Heyward Taylor Wm. M. Chase Columbia S. C. 1903|
|Inscription Location||top left and verso|
|Credit line||Gift of Anna Heyward Taylor|
|Sitter's dates||1879 - 1956|
Chase is remembered as both a painter and a distinguished teacher. After an inauspicious beginning in Indianapolis, Chase went to the Royal Academy in Munich in 1872. He settled in New York in 1878, and became an instructor at the Art Students League until he established the Chase School of Art in 1896. Chase's paintings relate to such old masters as Diego Velasquez (ca. 1465 - 1524) and Frans Hals (ca. 1583 - 1666) in their dark, earthy tonalities and impasto treatment.
For Chase, form and method were more important than content. Anna Heyward Taylor accompanied Chase on two of his classes abroad; first to Holland, and then to England. One of four major artists of the Charleston Renaissance, Taylor worked in watercolors, woodcuts and made designs for textiles. Her favorite motifs were flowers and birds. In the portrait of her by Chase, the rapidly applied brushstroke lends vitality to an otherwise staid portrayal.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "Selections from the Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1977