“Halemaumau Crater,” circa 1880
Oil on Canvas
31.75″ x 16.5″
Jules Tavernier(1844-1889) worked fewer than five years in Hawaii, but he is often thought of as the premier interpreter of the volcano. Born in Paris, Tavernier spent his youth in London, then returned to Paris to live with relatives. In 1861 he was admitted to the atelier of Felix Barrias at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1864 he had two works admitted to the Salon and continued to exhibit there until 1870. Tavernier took employment in London as an illustrator but left there for New York, arriving in 1872, and found work preparing views and a wide variety of genre scenes for the New York Graphic, Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s, Appleton’s, and other popular periodicals. In 1873 he and a fellow artist, Paul Frenzeny, traveled west, sending back portfolios of sketches and drawings of their travels. Tavernier set up a studio in San Francisco and became a visible figure in the city’s artistic circles. He was 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 his California creditors. His volcano paintings created a sensation when first shown, and he received many commissions for views of other scenic spots as well. Tavernier spent considerable time on Hawaii, painting and sketching at Kilauea Volcano and in Hilo.
-Information from ‘Encounters with Paradise” by David W. Forbes.