Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • The oldest child of William Merritt Chase and Alice Gerson Chase, Alice Dieudonnée Chase (1887–1971) was a frequent model for her father. This example depicts her as a pensive twelve or thirteen year old. How is Alice dressed? She is wearing a painting smock. Why do you think she is depicted in this manner?

  • How does Alice present herself?

  • Are there any clues to help you determine her social status?

  • How do you think she feels?

  • If she could talk to you, what questions would you ask her?