Although Jules Tavernier (Paris, France / 1844 – 1889) worked fewer than five years in Hawaii, he is often thought of as the premier interpreter of the volcano. His life travels would be in summary one journey westward. After attending Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and a fight in the Franco-Prussian War, Tavernier “left for London on the day the Armistice was signed” at the close of the Franco-Prussian War. He would continue his travels to New York to San Francisco becoming a founding member of the Bohemian and the Palette clubs and a vice-president of the San Francisco Art Association.
Tavernier arrived in Honolulu late in 1884 to escape California creditors. He was enthusiastic and his volcano paintings created a sensation when first shown. During the later part of his life, Tavernier would rework earlier western scenes by memory. Up until his death, he kept a reputation as impractical and improvident as ever.
The above information and photos are sourced from Encounters with Paradise by David W. Forbes, courtesy Honolulu Academy of Arts.