The impressionist Frans Hogerwaard, like his brother the painter George Hogerwaard, was born on Java in the Dutch East Indies. He received his education at the School of Arts and Crafts in Haarlem and subsequently at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam (1904-1906), where he became close friends with Tjeerd Bottema and Wim de Haas. After obtaining the Prix de Rome in 1910, he spent a long time in Spain and Italy. He became best known for his figures and landscapes in which light plays an important role. In The Hague, where he lived from 1919, he made a name for himself with (mundane) portraits in which Art Nouveau influences can be detected.