First Look: William Merritt Chase

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Entrance to special exhibition William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master opens this Saturday, June 4! Here’s a sneak peek of some the galleries.

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Installation view of special exhibition William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master.

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Installation view of special exhibition William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master.

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Installation view of special exhibition William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master.

 

Kokoschka in Pencil and Paint

Kokoschka Lotte with former MA sketch

(left) Sketch of Kokoschka’s Portrait of Lotte Franzos by Twitter follower @f0rTyLeGz (right) Oskar Kokoschka, Portrait of Lotte Franzos, 1909. Oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 31 1/4 in. Acquired 1941. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC © 2015 Foundation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.

A former Phillips employee shared this sketch of Oskar Kokoschka’s Portrait of Lotte Franzos (1909) from his time at the museum during the 1960’s. Do you sketch in the galleries? We’d love to see your work!

#Phillips95 Soutine Caption Contest Winners

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Chaim Soutine, Woman in Profile, ca. 1937. Oil on canvas ,18 13/8 x 10 7/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1943 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY

For this month’s #Phillips95 challenge, we asked you to caption Chaim Soutine’s Woman in Profile. Congrats to these three winners!

“I wonder if I should listen to this entire performance or go to the bathroom now.” —Gail F.

“1:15 pm – Message Read
6:20 pm – Chaim Soutine is online
3:00 am – Soutine is typing…
3:01 am – …hey you, what are you up to?
3:02 am – ‘woman in profile’ face”
—Luis Q.

“She’s thinking, ‘How did I get to look so much like Judy Garland?'” —Travel Gal

And bragging rights to these Honorable Mentions:

“I so hope Chaim doesn’t give me fish lips.” —Kristin J.

“Chaim…I’m really tired of sitting here for you every day, it better be better than a Rembrandt!” —Margot K.

“I’m snowed in and there’s no chocolate in the house.” —Sharon M.

Kurtis Minder (February 16 at 2:39pm): She is irritated that she just bought an apple watch and a newer, improved model is already out.” —Kurtis M.

Interestingly, a number of people were reminded of celebrities or friends when they saw Soutine’s female sitter, including Coco Chanel, Liza Minnelli, and Judy Garland. Does this woman remind you of anyone?

Thanks to everyone who participated in February’s challenge! Check back each month in 2016 for new challenges in celebration of the Phillips’s 95th anniversary and chances to win prizes.