Walter MacEwen (1860–1943) was one of the most highly decorated American artists of the late 19th century. Cosmopolitan and versatile, he produced works in varying genres and styles, but was best known for his charming depictions of rural Dutch life. A native of Chicago, MacEwen enrolled at the Munich Academy in 1877, commencing a residence of over six decades in Europe. By 1886, he was studying at the Académie Julian in Paris and showing his work to significant acclaim in the annual Paris salons. He would ultimately establish primary residence in Paris, remaining there until war forced him to return home to America in 1940.