A fascinating look at the influence of this French painter on some 150 American students. Some of the better known names are George Bridgman, Edwin Lord Weeks, Thomas Eakins, George DeForest Brush, Will Hickock Low, Kenyon Cox, Julian Alden Weir, Wyatt Eaton, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Douglas Volk, Dennis Miller Bunker, William McGregor Paxton, etc. Includes an appendix listing all the American students as entered in the Atelier register of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Chapters: To the Reader; Introduction--The Lure of Paris; The Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Jean-Leon Gerome; Thomas Eakins: A Methodological Model; In The Footsteps of Gerome: American Orientalists and Classical Idealists; Accommodating Academic Ideals To American Imagery; The Academic Armature of American Impressionism; Conclusion--The Crisis For Classicism in The Twentieth Century. Appendix: A Roster of Gerome's American Pupils, 1864-1903.
The Anne Burnett Tandy Lectures in American Civilization, Number Five.