Paul Léon Frequenez was a landscape painter, engraver and painter of watercolors. He was born in Mouzon in the Ardennes and studied with Fernand Cormon and Julien Gustave Gagliardini. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, receiving various medals for his work, including a gold medal in 1924, for his work Sur le Vieil Escalier, au Matin.
His depictions of parks in the Paris environs are reminiscent of the many large impressionist views of the gardens of Versailles and St. Cloud painted by Gaston de Latouche and Paul César Helleu in the 1890s and photographed by Eugène Atget . St. Cloud, the Frequenez’ favorite venue, is one of the most famous of French estates. Although its château was burnt down in 1870 and other important features were lost, enough survives to display the character of the great gardens. They were built across a steep escarpment overlooking the River Seine and Paris. A great baroque cascade, rather heavily detailed, descends the slope. Louis XIV's younger brother acquired the estate in 1658 and André le Notre re-designed the older terraced garden. John Evelyn visited the gardens in 1644 and recorded a flattering description in his diaries. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wrote of Atget’s photographs of St. Cloud, noting that his “views of the park and waterworks convey the accumulation of history at this loveliest of sites, the palace erased, heroic balustrades framing the emptiness he found” (from the introduction to William Howard Adams’ Atget’s Gardens, New York, 1979, p. 7).
Works by Frequenez were popular with both European and American collectors. One of his major works, Parc de Saint Cloud sous la Neige, measuring 61 by 79 inches, was purchased by the Philadelphia collector John Wanamaker and is now in a private collection in Florida.
Other works are in the collections of several French museums, according to the Historic Center for National Archives in Paris. Frequenez’ Fontaine à Vaison, a landscape in Provence – Côte d’Azur, is in the collection of the Musée Dijon, as are his Le Bassin de Neptune à Versailles; Le Miroir; and Parc de Versailles, le char embourbé.