Lons-le-Saulnier, November 29th 1829 – May 23rd 1887, Paris
The father of Emile Louis Vernier was the bartender of « Le Gravelle » bar, located at Besançon (East of France).
His family was expecting a military career for Emile Louis Vernier. This is the reason why he studied at the Royal college of Besançon with the project to enter the famous Saint-Cyr Military School but he did not feel good about this perspective.
Very openly, Emile Louis Vernier has shown interest for artistic matters. Therefore, his parents sent him to the Arts school of Besançon.
In 1850, Emile Louis Vernier moved to Paris and worked during two years in the art printing shop of the very well known Alexandre Collette (1814-1876). He discovered the city of Fontainebleau, Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867) and Henri Murger (1822-1861). Emile Louis Vernier wanted to become an artist painter but he had to work as an art printer to make a living.
In 1857, he exhibited at the Salon de Paris and was awarded several medals. In 1860 he was considered as one of the best art printer. He made engraving copies of paintings done by famous artists, like Jean-Baptiste Corot (1796-1875) and Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) who became his best friend.
In 1861, he married Marie Vauthier, originally from the Besançon area as well. At that time, he travelled a lot in the vicinities of Paris, attracted by the countryside and painted with enthusiasm. His talent strongly developed and soon he became a famous painter. In 1880, his exhibition at the Besançon Beaux-Art show was a big success.
Emile Louis Vernier was a very social straight man. The art critic Victor Guillemin knew him very well and said: “having an amiable and enjoyable personality, Emile Louis Vernier was a very good friend, full of cordiality and rightfulness”.
He left some attracting paintings from his stay in Ecouen, like: “Rue de l’Eglise à Ecouen” (The Ecouen church street), “Effet de pluie dans la campagne d’Ecouen” (Rain effects in the Ecouen countryside), “Bûcherons dans la foret d’Ecouen” (Lumbermen in the Ecouen forest).
For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXéme siècle”, unfortunately only available in French for the time being (but we are working on it).