William Chadwick, American, 1879-1962
Seated Woman in a Kimono
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches
The passion for Japanisme that swept through American art in the 1890s is exemplified in Seated Woman in Kimono. Taking an approach inspired by Whistlerian aestheticism, Chadwick offset the broad sweep of his subject's flowered garment against the compact geometry of her space, creating as much a decorative conception as a rendering of his subject. Chadwick's Impressionist brush handling serves to suppress individual detail, adding to the overall harmony of the image. More on this painting
William Chadwick, American, 1879-1962 was born in Yorkshire, England in 1879. However, in 1882, his father, a wool manufacturer, relocated the family to Massachusetts. Chadwick displayed an early aptitude for art, and after graduating from high school he moved to New York to pursue an artistic career.
In the summer of 1902, Chadwick made his first visit to the Old Lyme Art Colony located on the coast of Connecticut. Due to its proximity to New York, the village of Old Lyme became a favorite retreat for American artists, including the well-known Impressionist, Childe Hassam. The colony soon became a gathering point for American Impressionists and a popular destination for landscape artists. Over the next seven years Chadwick divided his time between Old Lyme in the summer months and New York during the academic year where he served as the treasurer for the Art Students League. Following his marriage, Chadwick bought a home near the shore in Old Lyme which became his permanent residence in 1915.
From 1924-1926, Chadwick taught at the Telfair Academy in Savannah, Georgia and resided in the city during the school terms. By the time Chadwick was teaching in Savannah, he was working in a distinctive Impressionist style with an emphasis on the effects of light. Chadwick was one of several northern artists that spent time in Savannah between the late twenties and early forties, and the city welcomed this artistic flowering.In 1927, the Telfair Academy honored Chadwick by hosting the first, and only, solo exhibition of his career. More on William Chadwick
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