National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of A Friendly Call William Merritt Chase (artist)
American, 1849 - 1916
A Friendly Call, 1895
oil on canvas
overall: 76.5 x 122.5 cm (30 1/8 x 48 1/4 in.) framed: 100 x 145.7 x 7.6 cm (39 3/8 x 57 3/8 x 3 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
1943.1.2
On View
From the Tour: American Impressionists of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s
Object 2 of 7

Conservation Notes

A translucent off-white ground covers the medium-weight, plain-weave fabric. The tacking margins were removed, but cusping is found along all four edges. The paint is applied in layers of both wet-into-wet and wet-over-dry, with some scratching through the layers caused by the use of a stiff-bristled brush. In general, infrared reflectography shows no evidence of underdrawing, although pencil and incised lines are used in the vertical window that is reflected in the mirror at the right. There are some small scattered losses, but the paint is in good condition. The artist used abrasion as a conscious technical device, particularly in the upper part of the painting. Discolored varnish was removed when the painting was lined in 1970.

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