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Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

Tavernier-Balloon webFEBRUARY 16 - MAY 11, 2014


This is the first museum exhibition to survey the work of early California artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889). Born in Paris and trained in France, Tavernier adapted his native country's Barbizon aesthetic to scenes of the American West. This exhibition surveys the artist's entire career through 100 paintings and works on paper, from his early transcontinental illustrations for "Harper's Weekly" and paintings of Native American subjects to scenes of the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula, where he founded the local art colony in 1875. Also featured are the artist's signature paintings of erupting volcanoes, which he painted in Hawaii before his untimely death at age 45. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue—the first to feature Tavernier exclusively—and features essays by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker's chief curator and associate director, as well as Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D., and Alfred Harrison, Jr. 

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Historical Collections Council of California Art.

Exhibition support also provided by Susan McClatchy; Bonhams; Ron and Linda Borgman; Yvonne Boseker; Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries; William A. Karges, Karges Fine Art; and Ron and Diane Miller.

The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by a grant from Furthermore: A Program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Image credit: Jules Tavernier, A Balloon in Mid-Air, 1875. Oil on canvas, 30 x 50 in. Courtesy of North Point Gallery, San Francisco.



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