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 Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl  (1855 - 1932)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / Germany      Known for: small-scale genre painting, aristocrat portraiture

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The following is from Ray Castello, American Art Collection, Taos, New Mexico:

Born in 1855 in Passau, Bavaria, Ignaz Gaugengigl died in Boston in 1932. He was a specialist in intimate genre scenes, studio interiors, portraits, and, rarely, landscapes and still lifes.

Gaugengigl was Bavarian by birth, the son of a professor of oriental languages. He was trained in Munich at the Royal Academy beginning in 1874, working with Johann Raab and Wilhelm von Diez. Ludwig II, the "mad king, commissioned him to paint "The Hanging Gardens of Semiramis."

After studies in Italy and Paris, Gaugengigl came to Boston by 1878. His meticulous small-scale work and ornate historical subjects soon earned him the nickname "the Meissonier of America." With great success he exhibited work at the Guild of Boston Artists and the St. Botolph Club and, in 1882, entered into an exclusive agreement with John A. Lowell and Company.

Gaugengigl's small, highly finished genre scenes of French Revolutionary Days were admired for their high level of execution, their decorative qualities, and their spirited humor. Reluctantly, he painted architectural decorations; the best known of these was "A Merry Cupid," which was over the stage of the Boston Museum, a local theater, and exhibition hall.

Gaugengigl was a highly regarded social figure, and his connections brought him lucrative portrait commissions. Beginning in the 1890s he depicted many prominent Bostonians in both small-scale panels and occasionally larger canvases. He was on the council of the Museum School for over twenty years as well as one of the directors for the Guild of Boston Artists.

He won a gold medal at the New Orleans exposition of 1884-1885 and a bronze medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association. One of his students was Frederick Childe Hassam at the Boston Art Club. He became a member of the National Academy of Design as a National Academicians, in 1906. He exhibited as well at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Musuem Holdings:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
San Francisco Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco, Ca.
Georgetown University, Lauinger Library, Washington, D.C.
Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

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