DescriptionADELAIDE COLE CHASE (American, 1868-1944)
Still Life with Grapes, Lemon and Cherries
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
Signed upper left: Adelaide Chase
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Born in Boston and raised in Winchester, Massachusetts, Adelaide Cole Chase became known for her portraits and decorative floral still lifes. She grew up in an artistic family as the daughter of Belgian pianist Irma de Pelgrom and Boston painter Joseph Foxcroft Cole. When she was a young girl Winslow Homer used her as a child model for some of his genre scenes. Her first art teachers were her father and Frederick Porter Vinton (whose work is represented in the current sale). In 1892, she married Boston architect William C. Chase, and studied at the Boston Museum School with Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell, whose influence can be felt in this masterful Vermeer-like still life. She then trained in Paris with John Singer Sargent's teacher, Carolus-Duran, and Jean-Paul Laurens, who had trained Frederick Vinton. In 1917 Chase had a joint exhibition with sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington at the St. Botolph Club in Boston.
Original unlined canvas and original stretcher. Painting has minor craquelure commensurate with age as well as slight stretcher bar creases. Under UV the old resin varish is apparent; there are a few spots of retouching on the right side of the composition in the background.
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