A founding member of the Ten American Painters—who separated from the Society of American Artists in 1897—Willard Metcalf was a staunch proponent of Impressionism in America. As a young man he apprenticed with landscapist George Loring Brown and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1883, he traveled to Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian and worked in both the Barbizon and Impressionist styles. A trip to Maine in 1904 inspired the style for which he’s best known, a mix of American realism and French Impressionism. Much of his work was inspired by the direct study of nature, including his work at Connecticut’s Old Lyme artists’ colony, where he spent summers painting en plein air. His quintessential images of his native New England earned him comparisons to the poet Robert Frost.