Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Father the Artist - G. Boese

Years ago, before even my older brother was a twinkle in my daddy's eye, my dad was an artist. During the depression (and coming out of it, maybe), he got on the WPA. At first he worked on the Como Park Zoo and then somehow he ended up teaching wildlife watercolor painting at a college... I think. That's why I wanted to do a search on him. I know very little about him.

Yesterday, I found that the Minnesota Historical Society has some of his early watercolor paintings from when he was teaching his class. Now, I will say, these are not his best works, but he was basically learning, himself, I believe. I have been conversing with a person at the MHS about making a book of his pictures for myself and any children that are interested. The pictures are copyrighted to the Society. 

You can see at: (Copy and paste)

http://greatriversnetwork.org/index.php?brand=cms&q=&familyname[]=Boese&count=25&startindex=1

I'm so glad I found them, I hated to think that his life was just being born and dying. He was an intelligent, complex man.

Oil that I have here at home. c.1940-50?
 It could use a little restoration, and a frame would be nice, Haha. One thing at a time.

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  1. i found his set of watercolors on that site. really neat! they'd make a great book or card set, for sure. i know they're 'owned' and all...

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  2. What a treasure you have found, Sharon! His works lives on.

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  3. I'm glad you found them, how exciting. It paid you to delve into his background.

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  4. That's wonderful! The dog's pose is so right on, don't you think. I hope you will be able to get a book made.

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    1. I love the dog, I think he used an old family pet for a model.

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