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Dialogue: “Painting Artists’ Studios in the Late Nineteenth Century: William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) in Context”

Pairing art historians James Glisson and Alain Bonnet, this dialogue marks the occasion of the exhibition William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master, currently on view in Venice. In the late nineteenth century, the artist’s studio became an important motif, depicted as a social, professional, commercial, and imaginary space. The American painter William Merritt Chase repeatedly pictured his own New York atelier, in the celebrated Tenth Street Studio Building, during the 1880s and 1890s. Veritable icons of eclecticism, Chase’s studio paintings perform the making of art. By comparing Chase’s practices with European approaches to the artist’s studio, this dialogue will place his series in context. How did the late nineteenth-century atelier interweave private and public, training and mise en scène, inspiration and enterprise?


  • Alain Bonnet, Professor of Art History, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • James Glisson, Assistant Curator of American Art, Huntington Library, California

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by May 15 to:
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