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Jules Tavenier

Jules Tavernier was born in Paris in 1844. Although he became known as a painter of volcanoes in the later years of his career, he depicted many scenes in the western United States as a graphic artist. He died in Hawaii in 1889.

Tavernier began art studies as a landscape painter at the École des Beaux Arts under Felix Barias when he was 16. By the time he was twenty, he had exhibited at the Paris Salon. He exhibited in the Salon until he immigrated to the United States in late 1870.

Tavernier was commissioned by Harper's Weekly to produce a series of sketches documenting a trip from New York to San Francisco. They spent time in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, and Utah before settling in California. While he was in the western United States Tavernier also exhibited his earlier formal artistic training with oil painting such as Indian Village.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) was an itinerant artist who did some landscape painting in Utah between 1873 and 1875 as seen in old Harper's Magazine during that period. It is also known, for example, that Tavernier produced engravings and possible other images for eastern publications. He settled in northern California where his reputation is best known.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Books

Adams, Celeste, Franklin Kelly, and Ronnie C. Tyler. America: Art and the West. New York, NY: H.N. Abrams, 1986.

Arkelian, Marchjorie Dakin. The Kahn Collection of Nineteenth-Century Paintings by Artists in California. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, Art Dept, 1975.

Axelrod, Alan. Art of the Golden West. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Baird, Joseph Armstrong. The West Remembered. San Francisco, CA: California Historical Society, 1973.

Baird, Joseph Armstrong, Jr. Views of Yosemite The Last Stance of the Romantic Landscape. Fresno, CA: The Center, 1982.

Barker, Virgil. American Painting History and Interpretation. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1950.

Boime, Albert. The Magisterial Gaze: Manifest Destiny and American Landscape Painting, C. 1830-1865. New directions in American art. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Broder, Patricia Janis. Great Paintings of the Old American West. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1979.

California Art Research. "Jules Tavernier ... Biography and Works". California Art Research. [Monographs] First Series. 4: 1-26a. 1936.

Chalmers, Claudine. Splendide Californie!: Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists, 1786 to 1900. San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 2001.

Cunninghamm, Elizabeth. West, West, West: Major Paintings from the Anschutz Collection. Denver, CO: Anschutz Collection in association with University of Nebraska Press, 1991.

Cunningham, Elizabeth, and Charles C. Eldredge. Masterpieces of the American West: Selections from the Anschutz Collection. New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1983.

Davidson, Marchshall. The Drawing of America Eyewitnesses to History. New York, NY: Abrams, 1983.

Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago, IL: Sage Books, 1974.

Doezema, Marianne. American Realism and the Industrial Age: [the Cleveland Museum of Art, November 12, 1980 - January 18, 1981 ...]. Bloomington, IN: Cleveland Museum of Art; Indiana University Press, 1980.

Dunbier, Roger, ed. AskART The American Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2000.

Ewing, Robert Nichols. Jules Tavernier (1844-1889): Painter and Illustrator. Thesis Ph. D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1984.

Falk, Peter H., ed. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Dictionary of Signatures & Monogram. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1988.

Falk, Peter H. Who Was Who in American Art: Compiled from the Original Thirty-Four Volumes of American Art Annual--Who's Who in Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985.

Forbes, David W. Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and Its People, 1778-1941. Honolulu, HI: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992.

Gerdts, William H. The Plains States and the West: Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Gerdts, William H. Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Getlein, Frank. The Lure of the Great West. Waukesha, WI: Country Beautiful, 1973.

Haar, Francis, and Prithwish Neogy. Artists of Hawaii: Nineteen Painters and Sculptors. Honolulu, HI: The University Press of Hawaii, 2003.

Harmsen, Dorothy. Harmsen's Western Americana; A Collection of One Hundred Western Paintings with Biographical Profiles of the Artists. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press, 1971.

Hills, Patricia. The American Frontier Images and Myths. New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1973.

Hjalmarson, Birgitta. Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San Francisco. Los Angeles, CA: Balcony Press, 1999.

Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940. Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002.

Kammen, Michael G. Meadows of Memory: Images of Time and Tradition in American Art and Culture. The Anne Burnett Tandy lectures in American civilization, no. 11. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1992.

Kearney State College. A Survey of Nebraska Art: Exhibition, October 1-27, 1978, Art Gallery, Kearney State College. Omaha, NE: Nebraska Arts Council, 1978.

Kinsey, Joni. Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie. Washington, DC: Published for the University of Iowa Museum of Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

Lumsden, Ian G. Early Views of British North America. Fredericton, NE: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 1994.

Neuhaus, Eugene. The History and Ideals of American Art. Stanford University, CA: London, Stanford University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931.

McCracken, Harold. Portrait of the Old West; With a Biographical Check List of Western Artists. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1952.

Moritz, A. F. America the Picturesque in Nineteenth Century Engraving. New York, NY: New Trend, 1983.

Moure, Nancy Dustin Wall. California Art: 450 Years of Painting & Other Media. Los Angeles, CA: Dustin Publications, 1998.

Myers, Fred. Art Treasures of Gilcrease Museum. Tulsa, OK: T. Gilcrease Museum Association, 1982.

Naylor, Maria. The National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1861-1900. New York, NY: Kennedy Galleries, 1973.

Oakland Museum. Tropical: Tropical Scenes by the 19th Century Painters of California. Oakland, CA: The Museum, 1972.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, Vern G. Swanson, Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, l999.

Orr-Cahall, Christina. The Art of California: Selected Works from the Collection of the Oakland Museum. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, Art Dept, 1984.

Reed, Walt. The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. New York, NY: Society of Illustrators, 2001.

Reinhardt, Lisa. Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide 2001/2002. Phoenix, AZ: Gordon's Art Reference, 2000.

Reps, John William. Cities of the American West: A History of Frontier Urban Planning. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Rossi, Paul and David Hunt, The Art of the Old West From the Collection of the Gilcrease Institute. New York, NY: Knopf, 1971.

Samuels, Peggy, and Harold Samuels. The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976.

Skolnick, Arnold. Paintings of the Southwest. New York, NY: C. Potter, 1994.

Smith, Bradley. The USA: History in Art. New York, NY: Crowell, 1975.

Spangenberg, Helen. Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula. Monterey, CA: Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 1976.

Sweeney, J Gray . Masterpieces, Western American Art. New York, NY: Mallard Press, 1991.

Taft, Robert. Artists and Illustrators of the Old West, 1850-1900. New York, NY: Scribner, 1953.

Hawaiian Gazette. The Panorama of Kilauea: The Great Hawaiian Volcano, with a Full Description and Photograph View  .  Honolulu, HI: Hawaiian Gazette Publishing Co., 1886.

Trenton, Patricia, and Peter H. Hassrick. The Rocky Mountains: A Vision for Artists in the Nineteenth Century. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983.

Trenton, Patricia. The West As Art: Changing Perceptions of Western Art in California Collections: February 24 Through May 30, 1982. Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1982.

Troccoli, Joan Carpenter, and Sarah Anschutz Hunt. Painters and the American West: The Anschutz Collection. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000.

Truettner, William H., and Nancy K. Anderson. The West As America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920. Washington, DC: Published for the National Museum of American Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Weber, Bruce, and William H. Gerdts. In Nature's Ways: American Landscape Painting of the Late Nineteenth Century. West Palm Beach, FL: The Gallery, 1987.

 

Miscellaneous/Images

Ask Art Academic. "Jules Tavernier." http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=7293 (accessed June 2, 2008).

 

Periodicals

Tavernier, Julyes, and Paul Frenzeny. "The Suburbs of San Fran [sic] .Harpers Weekly, May 29, 1875.

Taft, Robert. "Frenzeny and Tavernier". The Kansas Historical Quarterly. Vol. 14, no. 1 (February, 1946).

Saville, Jennifer. "Hawaii and Its People." American Art Review, June, 2001.

Gerdts, William H. "A Painter's Paradise (California)." American Art Review, December, 1996.

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