Vonnoh studied at the @massartboston (formerly Massachusetts Normal Art School), before traveling to Paris and enrolling in the Académie Julian under Boulanger and Lefebvre in 1881. He married in 1886 and honeymooned in Grez-sur-Loing, which marked his first documented trip to this charming French village located south of the Fontainebleau forest. Grèz was a popular artists’ colony during the 1870s and 1880s for British, Scandinavian, and an especially large number of American painters, including John Singer Sargent, Theodore Robinson, Willard Metcalf, and Walter Launt Palmer. Initially, Vonnoh’s painting style adopted the same tonal quality of the colony, and he turned to painting the landscape as well. Around 1888, his palette brightened considerably, likely influenced by the works of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.