A reputation for meticulous work and warm realism gave German painter Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl a successful career in Europe as well as the United States. He had studied at the Royal Academy in Munich, and been commissioned by King Ludwig II to paint a garden scene. He then went to Italy and Paris in order to complete his studies before arriving in Boston in 1878.
He began to exhibit after almost immediately after his arrival in America, quickly earning a reputation for his remarkably fine historical scenes. By 1882 he was under an exclusive contract with the engraving company of John A. Lowell.
In addition to his easel paintings he took on decorative work in local halls and stages, and because of his lofty social connections Gaugengigl was able to earn a considerable income from portrait commissions. He would serve as a teacher to Childe Hassam while he was studying at the Boston Art Club.
He won several medals and honors for his works, in the Boston area and far beyond. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1906, and exhibited his works widely.
His paintings are in some of the most important art collections in America, including the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Lauinger Library collection at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.