Associates

The list of Harry Chase's close friends and professional colleagues reads like a Who's Who of American art. In 1870, he became friends with William Merritt Chase, and the two journeyed together to Munich to study at the Royal Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts. There, Harry met and befriended Robert Koehler, later the Director of the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. Frederick Dielman, who was to become the President of the National Academy of Design, was also with Harry Chase in Munich in the early 1870s, both enrolling at the art academy there on the same day together. In Munich, Harry also met and befriend Walter Shirlaw, who painted his portrait in 1872. Walter Paris, Benoni Irwin, Isaac Walton Taber, R. Swain Gifford, Paul E. Harney, and Walton Ricketson were other significant artist who called Harry Chase their friend.

The early coterie of artists to which Harry belonged took the necessary step of studying en masse abroad thereby acquiring the training necessary to bring American Art on par with that of Europe. The refinement they attained was unmistakably European, but their skillfully rendered works appealed to the tastes of the privileged classes of the United States and helped established a market at home for American art, thus empowering a younger generation.

While many of his peers need no introduction and will be familiar to anyone who possesses even the most cursory knowledge of art history, Harry Chase warrants our recognition and deserves to be remembered.