William Merritt Chase, “In the Park, A By Way”

25 Jun

I’m back up and running after a weather-related power outage — four days’ worth!  Puts me in the mood for something a bit mellow and meditative.  So here’s another Chase landscape.  The path leading your eye into the distance and the late 19th Century figures really make this painting.  And there is great use of grays — something I really appreciate.  You can almost smell the woods.  Chase was to American Impressionism what Monet was to French Impressionism.

4 Responses to “William Merritt Chase, “In the Park, A By Way””

  1. dutch June 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    That is a very cool painting. Love the light, the leaves, the rocks. But that giant baby is a little scary.

  2. bobbalouie June 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Very astute, Dutchmeister. “In the Park, A By Way” is just one painting in Chase’s series entitled “Giant Babies of New York.”

    • Dutch June 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      They grew them exceptionally large back then. You’ll note that in this painting, the baby looks to be the same size as, or even slightly larger than, the mother (a trick of perspective?), who sits slumped in the forearms-on-knees posture of the spent athlete, resting her aching back,no doubt.

  3. bobbalouie June 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    You’d be tired too if you gave birth to a giant baby!

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