Most sources say that the three artists journeyed
together from Munich to Venice. For example, Josephine Duveneck wrote: " Duveneck and Chase and
Twachtman traveled from Munich to Venice in 1877,
stopping en route at Innsbruck where Duveneck
painted a portrait of Susan B. Anthony." J. Duveneck, Frank Duveneck. Painter-Teacher, San Francisco, 1970, 67. However, Duveneck later recollected that Twachtman had joined his two companions in Venice. F. Duveneck
, "Reminiscences for Mrs. Chase to Use in
Biography of Mr. Chase," typescript, Archives, Cincinnati Art Museum.
Accounts differ as to length of time spent by the
three artists in Venice. Katharine Metcalf Roof suggests that they spent about nine months in the city,
and Norbert Heermann wrote that they spent a year.
Their departure took place sometime after the Munich
Royal Academy classes ended, probably in May or
June; thus according to Roof's account, their return
would have been sometime in the first few months of 1878. See K. M. Roof, The Life and Art of William Merritt Chase, New York, 1917, 45; N. Heerman, Frank
Duveneck, Boston, 1918, 30-31.
C. Mase, "John H. Twachtman," International Studio, LXXII, January 1921, lxxiii.
Other students attending the class include Joseph
DeCamp, Kenyon Cox, Clement J. Barnhorn, and Alfred Brennan. See Clement J. Barnhorn, Cincinnati, to John H. Faig, Ohio Mechanics Institute, Cincinnati, June 11, 1930, Archives, University of Cincinnati.
Twachtman's registration is verified in the Matriculant's Book, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Twachtman may have been allowed to skip courses in
Theory and Antique Drawing, which were usually prerequisites for Life Drawing classes. For information on
the Royal Academy's curriculum, see M. Quick, An
American Painter Abroad: Frank Duveneck's European
Years, Exhibition Catalogue, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987; and M. Quick and
E. Ruhmer, Munich and American Realism, Exhibition Catalogue,
Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1978, 23-36.
Loefftz had himself been a student of Diez's from 1870 to 1874. In 1874 Loefftz began to teach at the
Academy, and in the late 1870s, when Diez became ill,
he took over many of his former instructor's classes.
For further information on Loefftz, see Quick and Ruhmer (as in n. 5), 54; and H. Karlinger, München und
die deutsche Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 1966, 59ff.
George McLaughlin stated in an 1880 article that Twachtman was a "member of the Life Class under Duveneck at the [Munich] Academy." There are, however, no other contemporary documents to support the
statement, and it is generally thought that Duveneck
began to teach in approximately 1879 after Twachtman
had left Munich. See G. McLaughlin, "Cincinnati Artists of the Munich School," American Art Review, II, December 1880, 45-46.
For information on Currier's career, see C. N. White
, The Life and Art of J. Frank Currier, Cambridge, Mass., 1936.
Roof (as in n. 2), 45; Josephine Duveneck wrote
that "In Munich [ Duveneck, Chase, and Twachtman]
had built up a reputation which made it possible for
them to sell a picture once in a while. But in Venice,
they found there were myriads of other artists better
known than they. To dispose of pictures proved most
difficult." Duveneck (as in n. 1), 67.
Roof describes a farewell celebration held for Chase in Polling, on the occasion of his departure for