"This charming evocation of childhood wonder and delight has long been one of the most popular American paintings at the Tweed Museum of Art.stands out as a fine example of the modified impressionism favored by many American painters. Japanese Lanterns stands out a fine example of the modified impressionism favored by many American painters. The realistic treatment of his subject is combined with impressionistic daubs of bright color, warm glowing light, and a thick and active paint surface, where visible brushstrokes imply swirling movement — all of which support the theme of childhood innocence, delight and wonder. In both subject and style, [it] was clearly modeled after John Singer Sargent’s Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, painted in 1885... He may also have studied briefly in London, where it is likely that he was influenced by James McNeil Whistler and came into contact with John Singer Sargent."