Chicago-born Bartlett (1873-1953) was from a wealthy and cultured family. His father, Adolphus Clay Bartlett was a millionaire hardware and mercantile magnate and a member of the Art Institute of Chicago's board of trustees. Young Frederic went off to Munich to study art, inspired by what he saw at the World's Columbian Exposition. In Munich his teacher was Nikolaus Gysis. From the Munich Academy, Bartlett continued his studies in Paris under Raphaël Collin, Aman-Jean, and Whistler. Bartlett was caught up in the avant-garde movement to the point of being thrown out of a café for insisting that Rodin was the foremost modern sculptor. Bartlett also took instruction in mural painting from Puvis de Chavannes. He was a
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