Artist Biography

1876 - 1924

Lucille Wilcox Joullin (1876-1924) was born in Genesco, Illinois on September 6, 1876. She was the pupil of John Vanderpoel at the Art Institute of Chicago before settling in San Francisco in 1894. She had further study at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews and Amédée Joullin. She was married briefly at the turn of the century to artist Jules Mersfelder; however, the marriage failed, whereupon she married Amédée Joullin in 1907. During 1907 she worked briefly as a designer for Globe Wallpaper in Seattle before leaving on an extended honeymoon in Paris. Returning to San Francisco in 1909, she established a home and studio. She taught at Mills College in Oakland in 1917-18 and, about this time, did a series of paintings of Golden Gate Park. After the death of her second husband in 1917, she married mining engineer Edward H. Benjamin and again spent long periods in New Mexico. Except for the periods in New Mexico and Paris, she lived in San Francisco until her demise on June 5, 1924. Lucile Joullin is best known for her landscapes of the northern California and depictions of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Exhibited: San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1905; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1906; Sketch Club (San Francisco), 1906; Paris Salon, 1908; Rabjohn & Morcom (San Francisco), 1915 (solo); Kanst Galleries (Los Angeles), 1923. Works held: Bohemian Club (Algerian Slave); Southwest Museum (Los Angeles).

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