JULES TAVERNIER: Artist & Adventurer


JULES TAVERNIER: Artist & Adventurer

CLAUDINE CHALMERS ET AL.    Book Number: 90370    Product format: Hardback

The French painter Jules Tavernier dominated the art of the American west in the later 19th century, and his spectacular canvases of erupting volcanoes on Haiti crowned a short, action-packed life. When studying in the Paris salons, Tavernier became politically engaged and volunteered to fight in the Franco-Prussian War, seeing one of his friends fire point blank at the enemy in an act of bravado that brought swift annihilation. Heading for London, Tavernier worked on prints for the London Graphic and in 1871 set out with an English colleague for a new life in America, commissioned to create illustrations for the best-selling Picturesque America. The magnificent canvas Fort Lee also dates from this period, demonstrating Tavernier's mastery of the oil painting techniques he learnt in Paris with the Barbizon school. Commissions for Harper's Weekly followed, with a rather sinister print The Christmas Dream proving surprisingly popular, and a major series detailing the lives of frontier settlers was completed in collaboration with his colleague Frenzeny. The Manufacture of Iron depicts striking scenes of muscled workers seen against a blaze of light from the furnace. A bear hunt, prairie fire and wagon train are other striking engravings. Tavernier was also painting watercolour studies, for instance Parsons, Kansas, of 1873, showing the high street drug stores and bazaars of a frontier town with a covered wagon in the foreground. Settling in San Francisco and throwing himself into the high jinks of the Bohemian Club, Tavernier went on to produce a succession of landscape studies, including the beautiful sunset of Indian Encampment at Dusk, panoramas of Yosemite and Napa Valley, and historical scenes focusing on heroes such as Montezuma. Finally in a move to Haiti, Tavernier created spectacular canvases of erupting volcanoes before alcohol took its toll. Special import. 28 x 24 cm, 172pp, 120 colour reproductions, authoritative text, chronology.
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