Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America’s Masters 

In Chase’s 1888 Hide and Seek, two young girls — sisters, perhaps — play on a vast shimmering hardwood floor, in a sparely-decorated room. A mysterious painting. Who is hiding? Who is seeking? Is it just a game? Or is the painting about growing up — the older girl approaching the door to adulthood, the younger one looking at her own future?

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