Though he had important connections with the American art world, Regis Francois Gignoux was a French painter who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
His work is part of the Hudson River School of landscape painting but his subject matter was frequently snow, something that differentiated him from many of his peers. Regis Francois Gignoux was a member of the National Academy of Design and served the Brooklyn Art Academy as their first president.
The Hudson River school was noted for realism and for the depiction of the American northwest for the first time in serious paintings that could communicate the beauty of the land. Regis Gignoux's work was equally suited to capturing the expansive tranquility of American vistas or the raging fury of Niagara Falls.
Gignoux taught, as well as painted, and among his students was George Inness. The painter worked in the United States from 1840 - 1870 during which time he had a studio located in Brooklyn, New York. After his time in America, he returned to his native France and died in Paris.
Gignoux's work is held by many prestigious public collections all over the United States, including the United States Capital Art Collection and The Brooklyn Museum.