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 Edward J. Boecher  (1885 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: illustration-figure and genre, religion

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted June 2005, is from Barry Boecher, grandson of the artist.

Edward J. Boecher was a commercial artist and specialized in illustrations for national advertising firms. He worked for Grauman Studios in the 20's and Bielefeld Studios in the 30's and 40's and also did religious paintings for a religious art company according to his son Donald Boecher who owned Boecher Studios in Glen Ellen, IL..

The family lived at 6222 N. Campbell Ave in Chicago. The home was purchased new in the 20's and was still in the family until his wife's, Bernadines, death.

Strange that I know very little of my grandfather but I never had the opportunity to know him. New light was shed on September 10, 1997 when I came across a letter from Laura Edgar. In searching records for her side of the Boecher family she came across a microfilm with information on George and Katy Boecher.

We know that Katy, sister of Edward, was Jennie's given name. George I believe is Edward. I will send for the birth certificate that places his birth on May 28, 1885. In the record found by Laura, the parents names were given as August and Maggie (Mayer).

On October 14, 1997 I received a copy of the birth certificate of George Boecher from Cook County Vital Records. The information contained in the document listed my grandfather's date of birth as the 29th of May 1885 at five o'clock in the morning. This conflicts with the date of birth listed on his death certificate. Why my grandfather's name was changed from George to Edward J. we may never know, but one thing is certain that his given name was George Boecher.

Biography from Tweed Museum of Art:
The two works by this artist in the Potlatch Collection were first attributed to E. J. Bielefeld, but signatures on the paintings clearly reveal the name of E. J. Boecher. The confusion apparently arose over the fact that Boecher worked in the Chicago commercial art studio of E.J. Bielefeld in the 1930s and 1940s. Since the Mountie paintings signed by Boecher were done in 1937, they would have come out of the Bielefeld studio.

In the 1920s, Boecher worked for the Grauman studios in Chicago,and he also produced paintings for a company that specialized in religious subjects. Edward J. Boecher's younger brother, Martin (1890-1952) was also a commercial artist in the Chicago area. Many of the early Mountie illustrations like Boecher's were produced in only black and white, or with black, white, and the red of the Mountie uniform

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