Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jackett
172 pages with over 90 full-color reproductions and 30 black-and-white photographs and illustrations
Includes Chronology, Bibliography, and Index
Essays by Claudine Chalmers, Scott A. Shields, and Alfred C. Harrison Jr.
Published with the Crocker Art Museum
Size: 11 x 9.5 in.
Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer, is the first publication to explore the life and work of this extraordinary artist. Painter, adventurer, and visionary, Tavernier (1844–1889) was one of the American West’s foremost talents, with a natural ability that many believed was second to none. After arriving in the US, he was commissioned by Harper’s Weekly to travel by rail from New York to San Francisco, producing illustrations of the rapidly changing American frontier along the way. The images were dramatic—American Indian customs, the emerging cattle trade, the decimation of native wildlife—and had rarely been seen by a popular audience. These scenes established Tavernier’s reputation as a bold and daring painter whose work influenced that of subsequent artists.
Tavernier's reputation continued to grow in California, where the strange grandeur of the Monterey coastline appealed to his imagination. He moved on to Hawaii, where he was fascinated by the island's lush greenery and churning beds of lava. Here the artist’s turbulent and creative life seemed to find its perfect visual embodiment.
This book presents paintings from all periods of Tavernier’s life, with essays that examine his professional career and flamboyant life.