Sunday, May 4, 2014

Emilio Boggio

Fin de la Jornada (End of the Day)
oil on canvas
110.5 x 137.5 cm
Galeria de arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Emilio Boggio (1857-1920) was a pioneering impressionist painter of Venezuela.

He was born in Caracas, Venezuela to parents who were in trading business and were prosperous. His father was a naturalized Italian while his mother was Venezuelan of French descent.

At age 15, he was sent to France to finish his studies of commerce. After returning to Caracas, he became an assistant in a fabric trading business but could not achieve anything as he was not inclined to pursue that profession. His parents were hoping that he would join the family business in trading however, in 1877, when he attended the Exposition Universelle in Paris, he decided that he would pursue the art of painting as his vocation. He then enrolled in the Academie Julian, a school of painting. His field of special interest was Impressionism. He interacted with impressionist painters like Camille Pissarro.

In 1918 or 1919, he, in his sixties, returned to Venezuela to hold an exhibition of his paintings in Caracas. His stay provided an excellent opportunity to the young artists of Caracas to learn about impressionist paintings. He guided them and helped them to free themselves from the traditional academic painting and imbibe knowledge of the European Impressionist trends in painting. He not only encouraged them but also explained the techniques of his paintings and accompanied them during their field trips to paint.
He returned to France in 1920 and soon thereafter died at Auvers-sur-Oise in France. He was influenced by Vincent van Gogh.
Boggio is credited as the "first Venezuelan to become an impressionist".