Frank-Myers Boggs, (1855-1926)
Frank-Myers Boggs was born in Springfield, Ohio on December 6, 1855 and died in Meudon (Hauts- de-Seine), France August 8, 1926. He was a painter, watercolorist and engraver. Boggs is an American-expatriate from the French school.
He received his formal training at the Beaux-Arts Academie under Jean Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) in Paris. Boggs regularly exhibited at the Salon des Artists Francais where he was awarded Hors Concours (exceptional). At the Universal Exposition of 1889, Frank-Myers Boggs was awarded the Silver medal.
Boggs loved France which is witnessed through his atmospheric paintings of its streets, ports, and monuments. His paintings and watercolors placed the viewer on the banks of the Seine on a windy, stormy rain soaked day or on a cloudy spring day at the Marche aux Puses. You may also find yourself walking through a small village just outside of Paris, ankle deep in snow. Boggs ofetn used Notre-Dame as a backdrop for his compositions, as viewed looking up the Seine from quai de Bercy or down the Seine from Pont Royal. His spontaneous paintings lead you on a journey through Paris, down the grand boulevards and past the tour Eiffel. You walk by Les Halles and down the Seine by l’ancien Trocadero. He places you in the middle of the busy Place de Concorde looking up the Champs-Elysees at the Arc de Triomphe and then to the noisy train station. Boggs exposes his romance with Paris and France through the eyes of an artist having an affair.
Boggs also painted Holland, Venice and Belgium. He painted the Ports in Normandy and La Rochelle. He found inspiration from quaint villages and markets.
The Boston Museum purchased the prize-winning painting “la Houle d’Honfleur” by Boggs’s for $2,500 at the 1885 Universal Exposition exhibition in New York.
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Boston Fine Art Museum