Cosmopolitanism and Influences from Abroad

In the late 19th century, the rise of major urban centers transformed America. Advances in industry led to the emergence of a prosperous, sophisticated upper-class society. This group provided great patronage for the arts, often demanding the latest styles by the most acclaimed artists. More and more American artists set out to satisfy these demands by traveling to Europe to study at established academies. In Rome, Paris, Berlin and Munich, they learned to produce works with the grace and skill that American collectors admired in European artists. Others were directly influenced by the French Impressionists, who had debuted on the Parisian art scene in the 1870s. Classical, Renaissance and other historical sources inspired the work of many artists.

  • My Daughter, Alice
    Oil on canvas
    William Merritt Chase
    born Franklin, Ind. 1849
    died New York, N.Y. 1916
    Friends of the Museum; a gift in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Turner; the Daniel P. and Shannon L. Amos Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Broda, Jr.; Dr. and Mrs. Clarence C. Butler; Mr. and Mrs. Lovick P. Corn; Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Crowley; Mrs. Frank D. Foley, Jr., in honor of Sally Foley Hughston, Frank D. Foley IV, Jack Mayo Hughston, George Woodruff Foley, William Coleman Foley and Jack Ross Foley; Mr. and Mrs. William T. Heard, Jr.; Mrs. Howell Hollis; Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hughston; Rebecca H. King in honor of Margaret Tilley; Mr. and Mrs. David G. Lewis, Jr.; Mr. George W. Mathews, Jr.; Helen Jordan Olnick; Mrs. Alan C. Ramsay, Jr., in honor of Sarah Turner Butler; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Turner; and Dr. and Mrs. Davis R. Watson 2000.2

    The sitter in this portrait was William Merritt Chase's 11-year-old daughter Alice, who he called his "Little Red Note."
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  • Vase
    wheel-thrown incised earthenware with underglaze and high-gloss glaze
    Sabina Elliot Wells
    born 1876
    died Charleson, S.C. 1943
    with Joseph Meyer, potter active ca. 1896-1925 for the Newcomb Pottery, New Orleans
    Museum purchase made possible by The Endowment Fund in Honor of D. A. Turner 98.35

    This vase from Newcomb Pottery features water lily or lotus-like buds with vertical stems rooted in a stylized water pattern at the foot of the pot.
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  • Diana
    Frederick William MacMonnies
    born Brooklyn, N.Y. 1863
    died New York, N.Y. 1937
    Museum purchase made possible by The Simon Schwob Acquisition Fund 92.4

    Frederick William MacMonnies and his contemporaries looked for inspiration in ancient Greece and Rome and the Italian Renaissance.
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