The Kiss of an Angel
by Emilio Boggio


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: Signed lower right & dated 1895

Dated: 1895

Condition: Very good original condition - some light stretcher bar marks to canvas

Size: 16.00" x 23.50" (40.6cm x 59.7cm)

Provenance: The family of Emilio Boggio - the work itself is dedicated to the artists mother lower right

Further information

A rare 1895 oil on canvas by Emilio Boggio which fits into his symbolist period of painting. The work depicts an angel kissing a man on a clifftop overlooking the ocean. We think this painting relates to the death of Boggio's father as the work is dedicated to his mother.

Artist biography

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Boggio's parents left Venezuela in 1862 and settled in Enghien-les-Bains, near Paris. Two years later, Boggio went to the Lycée Michelet in Vanves, where he remained for his studies. In 1873, Boggio returned to Caracas for four years; he states that it was this journey that settled his vocation as a painter. In 1878, he discovered 19th-century French painting at the Exposition Universelle in Paris and, two years later, he entered the Académie Julian, where he was the student of Jean-Paul Laurens. He was then influenced by Puvis de Chavannes, and his early paintings are biblical in inspiration. In 1883, he made the acquaintance of Henri Martin, with whom he became friends. He painted mainly landscapes with a discernible Impressionist influence. His body of work contains a Symbolist period and another that is more Expressionist in character.

He first exhibited at the Salon in 1887 with a Portrait of a Woman. He then exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français until his death. Often winning awards in the Salons, he obtained an honourable mention in 1888, then a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and a silver medal there in 1900. His first solo exhibition took place in 1912, while in 1910 the Salon des Artistes Français dedicated an entire room to his work.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

L'Isle-Adam (MAH Louis-Senlecq): 84 paintings
Paris (MNAM-CCI): Harvesters (1915)