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Birth: 1801 (Ypres, Belgium)
Death:1873 (Ypres, Belgium)
Jean-Francois-Emmanuel Böhm, born in Ypres (Ieper) on 26 December 1801, was the third child of Stanislas Böhm, a teacher of Polish origin. François snatched all the first prizes at the Ypres Academy, such as the first prize for painting in 1828. In the meantime, he married young in 1819. His son Auguste was born in that same year, and, like his father, would make his career in painting.
At the end of 1828, François left for Paris with his wife and child where he is said to have attended classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and also acquired experience in the studios of artists like Léon Cogniet, Pierre Cicéri, and François Kinsoen. Only in 1838 did François return to the city of his birth, where an important commission awaited him:a full-length portrait of Ling Leopold I (kept in the City Hall since 1973).
François Böhm has remained known primarily as a portraitist, but he also made altar pieces and Stations of the Cross and designed posters, flags, historical costumes for parades, decorations for public buildings, and so on.
His paintings and drawings of portraits, genre scenes, cityscapes and religious compositions are in the Realist and Neoclassical style.
In 1847, he became a drawing teacher at the municipal boys' school and five years later filled a similar task at the Academy. Böhm was a dedicated teacher and a passionate collector of works of art, books, and archaeological curiosa.
He died in Ypres on 8 March 1873.
Work in museums:
Ypres (Stedelijk Museum Ieper,Merghelynckmuseum)
Museum Guide by Jan Dewilde and Artist Paul Gosselin
Submitted by Paul Gosselin
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