George Henry Taggart was born in Port Washington, New York in 1865. A portraitist and genre painter, he was the first significant artist from outside Utah since Enoch Wood Perry. He died in 1924.
Taggart studied at Académie Julian with Bouguereau, Ferrier, and Lefebvre. He exhibited his work Travailleurs des Champs at the Paris salon. He came to Salt Lake City to take care of a lung ailment in 1900 and stayed for several summers.
Taggart's work was recognized at the Expo Toulouse France and at the Salon d'Automne where he won a prize. His work is in the Brigham Young University, and other Utah arts collections as well as the collections of the Palace of the Governor, City of Mexico.
Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.
George Henry Taggart (1865-1924) was a rather sophisticated portrait and figurative genre specialist from New York City, who arrived in Provo for health reasons at the turn-of-the-century. Over a stretch of two summers, he painted some unusually fine and richly realist and/or tonal impressionist work in Utah and at the same time contributed to the artistic development of local painter Samuel Jepperson. They became good friends and sketching companions during the time; Taggart also worked and was friendly with John Hafen. There are representative Taggart works in various portrait collections in Utah: The Alice Art Collection of the Utah Arts Council, the Pioneer Village Collection at the Lagoon Resort, etc. By 1900, this talented painter and sometime teacher had departed Sam Jepperson's Utah County fruit orchard for a more urban setting. As the new century opened, he moved to 211 South Sixth East, Salt Lake City.
Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.
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