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Jules Tavernier, French, (1844–1889)

Crater of Halemaumau, Kilauea, H. Is.

ca. 1887
Painting
Oil on canvas
18.75 x 36.88 in. (47.625 x 93.675 cm)
Gift of Oscar and Trudy Lemer
Accession Number: 2003.044


Although Tavernier's clients ranked among such California elites as Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford, he disparagingly referred to the San Francisco upper crust as bourgeois. This unappreciated attitude, coupled with mounting debts, inspired him to leave quickly for Hawaii in 1884. He fell in love with the explosive drama of the volcanoes. His glowing oils of the craters, such as this one, were well received. For a while it seemed he could regain his reputation and return to California, but further debts, ill health and alcoholism took over. He was found dead in his Honolulu studio at the age of 45.

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