Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Young Orphan

William Merritt Chase's haunting Young Orphan (1884) is one of the latest additions to the Google Art Project, which digitizes high resolution images of works of art for a world wide audience (CLICK). This painting is one of 150 that the National Academy Museum & School in New York has added to the Google Art Project. When first shown in America in 1884 Young Orphan bore Chase's original title, but when shown overseas he changed the title to the inappropriate At Her Ease, possibly to hide that she was a tubercular orphan slowly dying in an American asylum (CLICK). The work is also know as Study of a Young Girl.


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