St. Louis-born Richard Edward Miller arrived in France in 1899. Known for vibrantly patterned works that incorporated both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles, Miller worked in the French art colony of Giverny, the center of French Impressionism. Just before World War I, he returned to the States where he joined the growing art community in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Miller rarely painted landscapes, but preferred to focus on female subjects, either nude or clothed, often deep in thought. Painting in distemper, a technique often used by muralists, Miller set his subjects in bedrooms, on porches with brilliant gardens in the background, or in interiors with sunlight streaming through slats. Miller’s insistent use of green and purple and diagonal lines gave his otherwise quiet scenes a distinct vibrancy.