Émile Vernon

Émile Vernon

Artist: Émile Vernon (Dutch, 1872-1919)

Title: ‘Daydreaming

Size: 61,5 x 50,5 cm (24,2 x 19,8 inch)

Material: oil on canvas
Signed: lower left: E. Vernon Paris 1915

Inventory #: 294EV9

Émile Vernon was born in Britain and worked during the late 19th Century and lived for much of his life in Paris, France.


Little is known about his life except ,he was a pupil of Bouge and Truphème and studied painting under the French genre artist Auguste Joseph Truphème (1836-1898).


Vernon is listed in French Salon archives as exhibiting one painting at the Paris Salon in 1898. In 1904 he exhibited a flower painting entitled ‘Roses’ at the Royal Academy. He is best remembered for his scenes of pretty young girls with flowers.

Vernon produced a number of charming portraits of women and children using the medium of oil with the ease and confidence of pastel.


Vernon captured with his palette the fleeting transient, pale qualities of the female face and placed them against the silks and fine fabrics or natural settings in which he preferred to array his sitters. The artist excels rather as an academic than as a powerful painter. It would appear that the build up of his canvases never caused him the slightest trouble. He was also a talented flower painter.


Émile Vernon died at a young age in 1919.




Bénézit 1999 , vol. 14, p. 172 (Engelse school)

Witt Checklist 1978 , p. 315 (Engelse school)


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