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Art & Design Study Collection
Gorecki Alumni Center
Born in Panama City, Panama, Louisa Chase studied art at Syracuse University and then Yale, where she received her MFA. She rose to art world prominence as a painter known for her expressive gestural style, which was related to New Image Painting of the late 1970s.
Depiction of red trees over a black and brown background.
The print by Chase is a good example of her Neo-Expressionist artwork. Reacting against the depersonalized tendencies of Minimalism and Conceptualism, Chase’s Neo-Expressionist mode rebuffed the reductive tendencies of Minimalism. She favored going back to figuration and returning to traditional techniques of art making in order to express emotion. Chase was among the most important Neo-Expressionist artists to emerge in the early 1980s.