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Emile Frederic Ragot was born in Paris in 1872 and studied at the L’Ecole de Beaux Arts. His father, Jules Felix Ragot, was a bronze sculptor. Frederick initially worked in oils and pastels, creating landscapes, portraits, and figures. In 1907, the French government purchased Crepuscule to decorate the French legation in Peking. A l’Abri des Grandes Arbes was bought by the city of Paris in 1914 and was added to the Louvre Museum’s collection. Frederick was awarded the Gold Prize in the Salon d’Hiver for Le Cobeau Fleuri and the Corat Prize. He became a member of the French Artists Society and an officer in the Public Distinction
Frederic Ragot's work is distinguished by the soft lighting representative of calm mornings and early evenings to which he occasionally added a mysterious dimension and a sense of poetry by adding nymphs in the backgrounds.
Frederic Ragot lived with his wife in Paris and maintained a studio above the millinery shop they owned and ran. Family members reported that Frederic would seldom profit for his work choosing to keep favorite pictures rather than to sell them. Later he moved his family to Esbly, France, twenty five miles east of Paris. He occasionally traveled to Normandy to paint the countryside and snow-white scenes as well. During World War II, his collection of work was moved from Paris to a warehouse at 52 rue de Chemin de Fer in Eslby for safe keeping. The village was bombed during the war but his work survived. Some of his paintings also had been at the castle Chambourg-on-Loiro, their location remaining a secret until the liberation of Paris in 1944.
Upon his death in 1937, Frederic Ragot’s grandniece, Mme. Germaine Gerier inherited his entire estate including drawings, paintings, furniture, and personal items. His paintings can be seen hanging in the Martha Vick House in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is listed in Benezit.
Information courtesy of Allan Kazee