Claudine Chalmers

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French History & Art History… Together

Book Cover- Barbizon by the Pacific

*NEW BOOK*

BARBIZON BY THE PACIFIC

THE EARLY DAYS OF MONTEREY’S BOHEMIAN ART COLONY
with
JULES TAVERNIER, JULES SIMONEAU
& ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

by:
Claudine Chalmers &
Guy de Rougemont

Foreword: Terry L. Trotter
Preface: Gary F. Kurutz

300 Pages of French-American Art and History centered around California’s Monterey region in the late 1800s.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Claudine Chalmers was knighted by the French Ministry of Culture for her decades-long work on California’s French heritage. This is her third book on Jules Tavernier. Guy de Rougemont is a historian and journalist living in Southern France. In 2011, he published Lazard Frères, Banquiers des Deux Mondes with Editions Fayard.

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.
ISBN:  978-1-956579-51-2
Book cover, French San Francisco, author Claudine Chalmers PhD

French San Francisco

by: Claudine Chalmers

Nineteenth-century California was not a destination for the faint of heart, and Frenchmen are usually said to prefer their slippers to their traveling boots. Yet many visitors from France starting in 1786 with legendary explorer Count de Lapérouse made their way to the remote and beautiful territory, leaving enduring accounts and images of their experience. As France’s troubled revolutionary era began in the 1840s, tens of thousands of Frenchmen journeyed to California’s goldfields. Some found wealth, others freedom, and some death. Many remained in San Francisco, helping shape the city and make it French from the inside.

Cover, "Chronicling the West for Harper's, Coast to Coast with Frenzeny & Tavernier in 1873-1874" - author Claudine Chalmers PhD
  
Chronicling the West for Harper’s

Coast to coast
with
Frenzeny & Tavernier

by: Claudine Chalmers
The opening of the West after the Civil War drew a flood of Americans and immigrants to the frontier. The Harper brothers hired two talented, spirited Frenchmen to record the vanishing frontier as it appeared to them in 1873 & 1874. This coast-to-coast assignment produced the most remarkable documentary of the West ever published in a 19th century American newspaper. Its scope is unique: 100 sketches, 12 months on the road. So is its quality: Frenzeny & Tavernier were superlative artists who developed a technique to better work together, drew directly on the woodblock for better quality woodcuts, and sent cogent commentaries to further enhance their drawings.
 
      Claudine Chalmers takes the reader along their remarkable sketching tour from New York to San Francisco in this heavily illustrated book that features all 100 sketches and commentaries. Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.
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A quest to uncover California's French Heritage

"When I first settled in Northern California, I went on a treasure hunt for French placenames, wondering how they had appeared in such a faraway land. My quest turned into stories, the stories into these books that document how a large, early French population helped shape and chronicle the Golden State."

— Claudine Chalmers, PhD—

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