Jules Pages Biography

Born in San Francisco, CA on May 16, 1867, Pages was raised in the artistic milieu of his father’s engraving business where he worked as an apprentice.  In 1888 he sailed to Paris to study at Academie Julian under Lefebvre, Constant and Fleury.  After returning to San Francisco, he worked as an illustrator for the Examiner and Call newspapers.  Upon returning to Paris in 1902 he began teaching night classes at Academie Julian and served as its director.  Pages gained international recognition while in France and was made a Chevalier of the Legion on Honor in 1910.  In 1915 he exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and was a member of the International Jury of Awards.  Although he remained in France for 40 years, he returned to San Francisco often to visit and exhibit. Pages painted small floral still lifes to finance his travel.  At the outbreak of WWII, Pages returned to San Francisco and remained until his death on May 22, 1946.  
Awards:  Paris Salon, honorable mention, 1895, gold medals, 1899 and 1905.
Works held:  California Palace of the Legion of Honor; de Young Museum; San Diego Museum;  Mills College;  Oakland Museum;  Bohemian Club;  California Historical Society;  Museum of Pau, France;  Museum of Toulouse, France;  Luxembourg Museum, Paris.