Frank Myers Boggs

Frank Myers Boggs
06.12.1855 (Springfield, Ohio) - 08.08.1926 (Meudon, France)

Nationality: American


Frank Myers Boggs was born in Springfield (OH), in the United States, in 1855. He left his native country to pursue a career as a painter in France at a relatively young age. In Paris he became a pupil at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts and started exhibiting regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he received numerous awards throughout his career. Although trained in the academic tradition, he soon developed his style under influence of the reigning modernist views of the Impressionists, of whom he befriended several including Claude Monet. His favorite subjects included harbor and river scenes, including of course the banks of the Seine. He traveled widely along the coast of Brittany and Normandy to paint views of the old ports under cloudy skies.

Boggs’s spontaneous, but, at times, dark manner kept him from being classified as a true impressionist. His reticent impressionism is closer to Boudin’s than to Monet’s. Actually, in his insistence to maintain clarity of form, he allied himself more closely with the American brand of impressionism than the French; Boggs used light primarily to reveal structure and form, an approach characteristic of American impressionism. 


Auction catalogue Paris, Artcurial, 9 Dec. 2003, no. 93-106.


Work by Frank Myers Boggs is represented in the collections of diverse museums, among others Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Louvre in Paris, Brooklyn Museum in New York and Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio.

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