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North River Shad  1910

by William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase painted numerous versions of fish still lifes, many of which were quickly purchased by museums across the country. Because of the popularity of these works, the artist worried that he would be remembered only “as a painter of fish.” Chase’s training in the Munich style, characterized by scintillating surface texture and careful brushwork, is showcased...
73.7 × 94 cm (29 × 37 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago