Jules TAVERNIER (1844-1874)

“I came to learn that Tavernier could paint anything. He could paint in oils, in water color, in monochrome, in black, and white, in pastel. He could do anything from miniature to scene paintings; he was very clever at illustrating. He could work on the block for wood engraving a process that is now a lost art… what impressed me in Tavernier was not only his genius but his versatility. He could do anything with a brush or without a brush, for he could paint with his spatulated thumb. His brain worked like lightning, and when he was taken in travail with an idea, his wonderful hands” for he sometimes painted with both of them–strove to keep up with his electric brain.” Jerome Hart, the Argonaut.

Read Jules Tavernier‘s biography in California Art Project, volume 4.

At a glance

Birth : 1844, in Paris (France)
Death : 1889, in Honolulu, Hawaii (United States)
Arrival in San Francisco Bay area : 1874
Skills : Painter

Network

Art education, teachers : Ecole des Beaux Arts with Felix Barrias
Relations : Charles Walcott Brooks, Norton Bush, William A. Coulter, Edwin Deakin,  Gideon Jacques Denny, Paul Frenzeny, Jerome Hart, Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh, Dan O’Connell, Hon. Samuel Parker, Julian Rix, Irving M. Scott, Stephen William Shaw, Gen John E. Smith, Claus Spreckels, Joseph Dwight Strong, Virgil Williams
Institutions, clubs, venues : Bohemian Club, Morris Schwab & Company, Palette Club of San Francisco, Paris Salon

Resources in the Bancroft Library

Tavernier, Jules. Trading post of J. S. Collins at Fort Laramie, Wyoming (1874). BANC PIC 1963.002:1386--FR. Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Tavernier, Jules. Trading post of J. S. Collins at Fort Laramie, Wyoming (1874). BANC PIC 1963.002:1386–FR. Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Pictorial archives

“The suburbs of San Fran [sic] Harper’s weekly”. 1 print : [wood?] engraving, b&w ;  BANC PIC 1984.031–B. Catalog Record

Bibliography

Chalmers, Claudine & al (2014). Jules Tavernier : artist and adventurer.  Portland, OR : Pomegranate Communications, Inc. Catalog Record

Sanchez, Nellie Van de Grift (1920). Charles Warren Stoddard and the Artist Colony: Recollections of Oscar Wilde’s Visit to Bohemia. Oakland CA: Oakland Tribune. Catalog Record

Taft, Robert (1946). Frenzeny and Tavernier. Topeka, Kansas. Catalog Record

Data Visualization : mapping of Jules Tavernier biography

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