This one is a stunner. This nautical painting was painted by Frank Will, AKA Frank William Boggs (1900-1951). The scene shows towering ships in the port of Fecamp in France. The piece is signed "Frank Will" in the lower left and the title is in the lower right. There isn't a date but it's likely from the 20s or early 30s. The play between the watercolor and black chalk provide a level of detail and depth that really is a sight to see. No pictures will be able to do it justice.
I believe the antique nautical painting is still in the original frame. The framed watercolor measures 29.5" x 24". The exposed image measures 24" x 18". Towards the top there is a line marking a possible earlier matting line. There are a few moisture spots on the very edges of the matting. Also, there is a lint fiber stuck to the inside of the glass that casts a slight shadow above the cathedral in the background. The frame has some patina acquired over the years. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
Here's a brief biography of this important listed artist:
Frank Will was the pseudonym of the artist Frank William Boggs, who was the son and pupil of the well-known American Impressionist artist Frank Myer Boggs.
Frank Will trained under his father prior to training as an architect, but later gave up his studies to become a full time artist. He was well known amongst the colony of artists at Montmartre and was particularly associated with the artists Gen-Paul and Leprin. In 1922 he made his first visit to the Normandy coast. With Leprin he visited Moret-sur-Loing, Auxerre and Avalon.
In 1943 he exhibited La Cignole (The Jalopy) at the event created by Gen-Paul. He is principally known for his Parisian watercolours. Although his style is more intense, he painted the same subjects as his father, whose works had enjoyed much popular appeal. From 1929 his work was on permanent exhibition at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris. His style was a blend of popularist Post Impressionism, typical of the artists of Montmartre, with flashes of bold Expressionism. He also exhibited on a regular basis at the galleries of Hector Brame, who was his fathers dealer, and later he was under contract to the art dealer Henri Bureau.
I only ship to the continental USA. Free shipping on this French nautical artwork.
That is one wicked ship pointed right at you. Don't miss out.