John Henry Twachtman, 1853-1902) was one of America's first Impressionists. A sample of his work is shown below. Twachtman studied in Germany and Venice. After returning to New York and not happy with his current art scene, he and others formed "The Ten," a group of artists who exhibited their art and were more serious about their work than the current (at that time) art associations. Not only did he create commercial art and fine art, he learned to etch and carried etching plates with him so he could use that technique outdoors. "His art, conversation, and teaching fueled the creative fires of his friends and students." He died unfortunately of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. But he has a permanent place in American art history as his works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of New York, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston among others.