Born on 28 October 1858 in Detroit, the son of a jeweler, Julius Rolshoven enrolled at the Cooper Union Art School after being rejected by the National Academy of Design in 1876. Two years later, he was at the Düsseldorf Academy under Hugo Crola (1841-1910), a portraitist. Rolshoven transferred to Munich to study under Ludwig von Löfftz, then he became one of the "Duveneck Boys" and spent a year in Venice and some time in Florence. The Detroit Institute of Arts has his Florentine Boys (1884). He moved to Paris, now with a Venetian bride, to study at the Académie Julian where his teachers were Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury. For Rolshoven, things were looking brighter and he must have felt vindicated when the works
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