Luther Emerson Van Gorder gained international renown for his brilliant depictions of the French countryside, Parisian street scenes, and coasts along the New York Sound. The artist trained with William Merritt Chase at the Chase School of Art and studied under Carolus Duran at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Van Gorder’s innovative technique combined the informal compositions featured by Chase and other leading Impressionists with the sophisticated realism of French academicism and the subtle color harmonies of Tonalism. He became a frequent exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is now included in collections throughout the country, including the Toledo Museum of Art, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Huntington Library Art Collections, and the Worcester Art Museum.