Artist of the moment ……….Jules Tavernier


Jules Tavernier was among the foremost painters of Non-Hawaiian artists that were known as the Volcano school of painting. George Tavernier was born in Paris, France in 1844. His mother was French and his father British.

Tavernier studied in France with a renown painter of religious themes named Felix Barrias. Barrias taught many student’s who went on to prominent careers including Edgar Degas.

Tavernier moved to the United States in the 1870s, remaining in the country the rest of his life. he received his big break after being hired by American magazine Harper’s Weekly to draw and paint images of an American passage to from the Eastern to the Western coasts of the United States.

The artist passed away in 1889. Though he lived barely 5 years in Hawaii, Tavernier is thought of as the most well known artists of the Volcano School of painting.

Price range information: The artist worked mainly in oils with prices ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

In this clip a work is shown that is being restored. The before shot is shown at 28 seconds into the clip:

Tavernier is part of many prominent collections including the Honolulu Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Art.

I enjoy the feeling of heat and slowly moving lava the artist was able to create. I am sure computer monitors can’t capture the wonderful shades of brown, orange, and red as brilliantly as they appear in person, but even on the monitor one can gain a great appreciation for the work of Tavernier.



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