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The Yield of the Waters, 1878

  • William Merritt Chase, American, 1849-1916

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 49 × 65 inches (124.5 × 165.1 cm)
  • 57 1/4 × 74 1/8 × 2 7/8 inches (145.4 × 188.3 × 7.3 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase


Signed, upper left: Wm. M. Chase

until 1878, Samuel A. Coale [listed as "A Venetian Fish Market." P.A.B. Widener (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Mrs. P.A.B. Widener (Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA). American Art Association sale

M. Knoedler and Co. (New York, New York, USA)

1916-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Exh. cat., Society of American Artists. Philadelphia, 1879, no. 182. [as “Fish Market”] Exh. cat., Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago. Chicago, 1889, no. 116. [as “Venetian Fish”] Painting by William M. Chase. Exh. cat., Ortgies & Co. New York, March 16, 1891, no. 67. [as “Venetian Fish”] American Art Annual 13 (1916): p. 338. Valuable Paintings by Artists of Distinction. Exh. cat., American Art Association Sale. New York, 1916, no. 164. Roof, Katherine Metcalf. The Life and Art of William Merritt Chase. New York, 1917, pp. 47, 242. Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Exh. cat., Fine Arts Academy, The Albright Art Gallery. Buffalo, 1917, no. 28. [as Yield of the Waters] A Leading Spirit in American Art: William Merritt Chase, 1849-1916. Exh. cat., Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. Seattle, 1983, p. 34 (ill.). Bryant, Keith L., Jr. William Merritt Chase: A Genteel Bohemian. Columbia, MO, 1991, pp. 45, 269, 273. Gallati, Barbara Dayer. William Merritt Chase. New York, 1995, p. 121 (ill.). Mitchell, Mark D. The Art of American Still Life: Audubon to Warhol. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 2015, pp. 192-193 (pl. 71).

William Merritt Chase, The Yield of the Waters, 1878, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 16.5.