Paris has a unique place in the history of art. Artists from all over the world found inspiration in the Louvre, studied at the academies and ateliers, and exhibited their paintings in the annual Salon.  American artists formed one of the largest group: in 1888, there were over 1,000 living and working in the French capital.  Almost every  first-rate American painter spent time in Paris: Whistler, Sargent, Eakins, Beaux, Cassat, Homer, Hoper — and the list goes on.

The Paris Seminar is reviving this tradition.  Our artists have a direct lineage to the Paris.   Classical painting as taught today at the Florence Academy of Art and the Grand Central Academy are part of a tradition that goes back to the Ecole de Beaux Arts.  We explain our lineages in the essays:  Paris and Florence and Paris and New York.    We have also listed here some famous American artist and explained their connection to Paris.