Painting by William Merritt Chase
William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), "The Young Orphan," 1884, oil on canvas, 44 x 42 in., National Academy of Design, New York City

The Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA) is the latest stop on the U.S. tour of “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” (on view through October 3, 2021).

Since its founding in 1825, the academy has required all academicians to donate a representative work, and, from 1839 to 1994, its associates had to present a portrait of themselves (by themselves or someone else).

Among the masters represented by the show’s 100 works are Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Richard Estes, Lois Dodd, Andrew Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Cecilia Beaux, and Wayne Thiebaud.

The U.S. tour has been organized by the American Federation of Arts. Visit for more details.

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