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North River Shad

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1910


William Merritt Chase
American, 1849–1916

About this artwork

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 in North River Shad. Brilliant white strokes form the fish’s iridescent scales, accentuating the weight and density of the voluminous creature at center. The painting is a striking departure from his better-known Impressionist renderings of city parks and other outdoor scenes.


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Arts of the Americas


William Merritt Chase


North River Shad


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1910


Oil on canvas


Signed: Wm. M. Chase, 1.1. n.d.


73.7 × 94 cm (29 × 37 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection

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