The Marriage Proposal (La Demande en Mariage), (Antwerp, 1882) by Evert-Jan Boks
Evert-Jan Boks (1838-1914), a Dutch artist of notable acclaim, embarked on his artistic journey under the mentorship of Arie Lieman and Willem Riem Vis in Apeldoorn. His pursuit of excellence led him to the prestigious Royal Academy in Antwerp, where he earned a distinguished top prize in 1863 and later received the coveted Prix de Rome.
Following extensive educational sojourns through France and Italy, Boks chose Antwerp as his permanent residence. There, he married Elie Voet, and their enduring home on rue Lamorinière stands as a testament to their union. Notably, a significant portion of Boks' oeuvre found its way to the United States, coinciding with the surge of American tourists exploring Europe through steamship-organized tours.
Actively involved in both the artistic and social spheres of Antwerp, Boks frequently exhibited his works in Belgium and the esteemed Paris Salons. His dedication and artistic prowess were duly recognized by the Belgian Government, which honored him with the prestigious Order of Leopold. Boks, recognized as one of the most remarkable pupils of the Royal Academy of Antwerp, displayed exceptional skills in drawing and a mastery of color, reflecting positively on the institution that played a pivotal role in shaping his artistic legacy.