William Jurian Kaula (American, 1871-1953)
Landscape in Normandy
Oil on canvas, retaining a partial exhibition label with title, artist and the address: “311 Fenway Studios - Boston”. Also maintaining a partial "Paris" label on the stretcher.
Painting size: 23.5” x 28.75”
Frame size: 29.5” x 34.75”
A plein aire landscape artist, Kaula began his artistic training at the Massachusetts Normal Art School. He continued his education at the Cowles Art School and from 1891-1896, he studied in Europe at the Académie Julian while working at the Atelier Colorassi. The Paris label and subject would indicate that this work was painted in the mid 1890's when Kaula was studying in France.
In 1896, Kaula studied under Edmund Tarbell which was to have a lasting effect on his career. Tarbel’s influence upon his students was so great that a number of them, Kaula included, became known as “Tarbellites”. While developing their own styles, the “Tarbellites” maintained a commitment to the use of light and impressionism combined with an awareness of academic tradition.
In 1905, Kaula and his wife, artist Lee Lufkin, moved into the newly built Fenway Studios of Boston. Fenway Studios, inspired by the ateliers of 19th century Paris, was designed to provide each of the 46 studios north facing light and 14 foot ceilings. Numerous prominent artists and teachers of the day worked in these studios.
Kaula was a member of the Boston Art Club, New York Watercolor Club, Pars Artists Alliance, Boston Art Club and Boston Society of Watercolor Painters. He exhibited widely at venues including the Boston Art Club, Paris Salon, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery any many others.
Kalua’s work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Farnsworth Art Museum; Georgia Museum of Art and Colby College Museum of Art.
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