Lot 78: William Merritt Chase American, 1849-1916 Portrait of Piloty''s Son Signed W. M. Chase and dated 1877...
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
William Merritt Chase
Portrait of Piloty's Son
Signed W. M. Chase and dated 1877 (ur)
Oil on canvas
32 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches
Karl Theodor von Piloty, Munich
By descent to his son Robert Piloty, Wurzberg
[With] Galerie Heinemann, Munich (consigned in Apr. 1909 by Professor Robert Piloty and sold on Jul. 7 of the same year)
Dresden, Dresdener Kunstaussellung, 1904, no. 2040 or 2041
Leipzig, Leipziger Kunstverein, Oct. 1907-Sep. 1909
Katherine Metcalf Roof, "William M. Chase: The Man and the Artist," Century Magazine, 93, Apr. 1917, p. 836, illus.
Ronald G. Pisano, completed by D. Frederick Baker and Carolyn K. Lane, The Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase, 1849-1916, vol. 2, Portraits in Oil, Yale University Press, 2007, OP51, pp. 22-23, illus. p. 22
In 1874, William Merritt Chase entered the master class of Karl Theodor von Piloty, director of the Royal Munich Academy and an internationally recognized exponent of history painting. In 1877, Piloty asked Chase, whom he considered to be his best student, to paint portraits of his two sons and three daughters. He gave the portraits to each of his children; they remained in Germany and were mever exhibited in the United States.
The present work was owned by Robert Piloty and is thus believed to depict his likeness. It is sensitively realized, the subject's fair skin contrasting with the tenebrous background.
Work is unlined. Old dense varnish layer. Inpaint scattered along the edges, with light inpaint into the background at upper left. A few light touches on inpaint on the boy's chin and face. Not examined out of frame. Fragmentary labels from Galerie Heinemann, Dresdener Kunstaussellung, and Leipziger Kunstverein on the frame.
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