William Jurian Kaula (American, 1871-1953) Temple Hills
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William Jurian Kaula (American, 1871-1953)
Signed "WILLIAM J. KAULA" l.r., label from the Jordan Marsh Company on
Oil on canvas, 32 x 39 1/2 in. (81.2 x 100.3 cm), framed.
Exhibitions: Exhibition of Paintings, Art Week in Boston, Jordan Marsh, 1931.
N.B. William Kaula was best known for his New England landscapes. He studied first at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and then at Cowles Art School, both in Boston, and at Academie Julian in Paris under Raphael Collin. Kaula was a student and close associate of Edmund Tarbell; the two often painted together in New Hampshire. Kaula had a studio in New Ipswich. Upon returning to the United States from Paris in 1896 he established a studio in Boston and spent most of the rest of his life there, achieving a highly honored position in Boston art circles. Renowned for capturing the "illusive gossamer delicacy," his work often included cloud-filled skies floating above New Hampshire hills. Kaula's plein-air style borrowed the loose brushstroke of the French Impressionists, but substituted a more tonalist palette, often built on cool greens, blues and purples, rather than depending on their pure primary colors. This, in conjunction with smaller, more controlled brushwork, gave his landscapes a more subtly balanced mood while capturing the fleeting effects of weather and atmosphere. Kaula had his first one-man show at the Copley Gallery in Boston. He exhibited his works at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Boston Art Club. He went on to become the president of the Boston Society of Watercolor Painters.