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    Sketching the West

    "A Dash for the Timber," Frederic S. Remington

    Date(s) - 01/23/2018 - 03/08/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Museum of the San Ramon Valley


    The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is proud to present a new traveling exhibit documenting the 1873 overland journey of artists Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny, A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West. This exhibit will be on display at the Museum which is located at 205 Railroad Ave Danville CA from January 20 to March 18.

    The opening of the West with the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 coupled with the flood of Americans and immigrants to this new frontier created a clamor for images of the American West. This promoted the leading publication of its day Harper Magazine to send two artist west to provide images of the West.

    Harper’s selected two artists from France Paul Frenzeny and Jules Tavernier, for this exciting project. Paul Frenzeny was one of the leading “special correspondents” of his time and had become the illustrator of choice for western adventure stories and novels such as the Jungle Book. His cohort Jules Tavernier was a celebrated French painter who after their adventure become world renown for his Hawaiian volcano paintings.

    Frenzeny and Tavernier shaped the view of the West to much of America. They showed the plight of the common man to landscape images of the this new frontier. Their paintings helped to shape the view of the new emerging West to America.

    Sketching the West is extremely relevant today as it provides us with the foundation of Americas view of it’s new frontier and its people the West,.

    The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is open Tuesday to Friday 1-4 Saturday 10-1 and Sunday 12-3. Visit our website at museumsrv.org or call 925 837 3750.

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