Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl (1855-1932)

Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl (1855-1932)

Born in Passau, Germany, Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl enrolled at the Royal Academy in Munich in 1874 studying under Johann Raab and Wilhelm von Diez.  Gaugengigl continued his training in Italy and Paris before emigrating to the United States in 1878. He settled in Boston and found great success exhibiting his work at the St. Botolph Club and the Guild of Boston Artists.  

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He became well known for his small paintings which reflect his careful attention to detail.  He was a popular figure among Boston’s elite and by the 1890s received countless portrait commissions.  In addition to his portraits and genre work he painted some architectural decorations including a “’merry cupid’” over the stage of the Boston Museum.  

As an established member of the Boston art community Gaugengigl was on the council of the Museum School for over twenty years and was one of the directors of the Guild of Boston Artists.  He belonged to the Society of American Artists, the Copley Society and the Guild of Boston Artists.  His work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Biennials of 1908 and 1910, the Brooklyn Art Association and at the Boston Art Club from 1880 until 1909.  He won a gold medal at the New Orleans exposition of 1884-1885 and a bronze medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association. 

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