In the latter half of the 19th Century several young students of painting mostly from the Boston area were part of a stream of Americans traveling abroad to complete their educations in the prestigious art centers of Europe. Already having received the basics of a fairly typical European style training at home they went to Paris and Munich and studied with the well trained of the salon style of "academic" art that was in its heyday. Three of the four then came under the influence of American painters already there who were part of the direct painting approach emerging from a general fascination with Velasquez. Their final formative influence was the impressive work and incredibly intriguing ideas of Monet who had, against all odds, succeeded in elevating color to its proper place in the pantheon of painting. Sound instruction in drawing and painting from a young age, direct exposure to some of the finest "traditional" painters in Europe at the time, coaching in the direct "painterly" painting now beginning to dominate the scene, and an introduction to the final piece of painting's long quest for truth, impressionist color form the keys to the Boston School of painting.