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Frederick Arthur Bridgman has been regarded as one of the most influential and praised American Orientalist painters. Frederick Arthur Bridgman was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1847. Shortly after, his family moved to Boston and later New York. His artistic talent first emerged in his teenage years when he worked for the American Banknote Company as an apprentice engraver. He enrolled in the National Academy of Design in 1863. Bridgman traveled to Pont-Aven and Paris in 1866 and joined the atelier of Jean-Léon Gerome, where he continued to study for four years. Gerome sparked his interest in Orientalism and Bridgman ultimately became one of the leading members of the Pont-Aven artist’s colony in Brittany.