Émile Louis Vernier

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Émile Louis Vernier
Émile Louis Vernier by Jean-Paul Laurens.jpg
Portrait of Vernier by Jean-Paul Laurens
Born(1829-11-29)29 November 1829
Lons-le-Saunier, Jura, France
Died24 May 1887(1887-05-24) (aged 57)
Paris, France
OccupationPainter and lithographer

Émile Louis Vernier (29 November 1829 – 24 May 1887) was a French painter and lithographer. He was known for his marine scenes.


Émile Louis Vernier was born on 29 November 1829 in Lons-le-Saunier, Jura. The family moved to Besançon where his father owned the Café Granvelle, he was enrolled in the Royal College of Besançon, for a military career, but was allowed to move to the Besançon school of drawing, and then to enter the studio of Collette, a well-known lithographer. He submitted his work to the Paris Salon for the first time in 1857, with several lithographs after Maurice Sand.[1]

Vernier married Maria Vauthier on 27 June 1861.[1] In 1867 he exhibited two paintings of the country around Besançon and several lithographs after Jean-Jacques Henner, Jean-Joseph-François Tassaert and Gustave Courbet; these demonstrated his great ability in adapting to the style of different artists. He would receive several medals from the Salon, and in 1869 and 1870 was a member of the admission committee for the etching and lithography section, he visited Spain in 1872 with the landscape artist Paul Vayson. In 1873 he won a medal at the Vienna World Exposition, he visited Venice in the spring of 1874. In 1880 he won a second class medal at the Salon, and had a great success at the Besançon exhibition.[2]

Émile Louis Vernier died in Paris on 24 May 1887. He is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.[1]



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  • Guillemin, V. (1905). Émile Vernier, Artiste lithographe et peintre de marines, sa vie, son œuvre, Typographie et lithographie. Besançon: Jacquin.

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