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.
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