Robert William Vonnoh is remembered as the first American artist to introduce Impressionism to the United States. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Vonnoh was raised in Boston where he studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School, followed by a move to France to attend the Académie Julian and ultimately establish a studio at the Grèz-sur-Loing commune (near Fontainebleau.) Although Vonnoh traveled frequently between France and the United States, his best known works were painted in France—en plein air—inspired by the visible brushwork and colorful, atmospheric landscapes of his Impressionist contemporaries. While Vonnoh’s figure work remained loyal to the naturalistic style of his academic studies, his landscapes had no such precedents. One of Vonnoh’s favored subjects was poppies, which he rendered in large scale, displaying the pure color and broken brushwork central to Impressionism.