Image: Girl in White
(Williamsburg (now Nineveh), Indiana, 1849 - 1916, New York, New York)

Girl in White , c. 1901

Oil on fabric
84 3/8 in. x 40 in. (214.31 cm x 101.6 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
installation 2013, McDowell
This portrait depicts Florence Irene Dimock, the daughter of a Connecticut silk merchant, but it also expresses Chase’s conception of refinement.  He placed Dimock in a formal setting, gave her flamboyant studio props and depicted her with an air of seriousness that by all accounts did not match her fun-loving personality.  His inspiration for the courtly style and dynamic painting technique of this work was the art of seventeenth-century Spanish painter Diego Velasquez, whose works Chase admired while studying in Europe.
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