|Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea, Hawaii, circa 1915|
|Lionel Walden, (1861-1933)|
|Oil on Wood Panel|
|10″ x 14″|
|RARE, RARE, RARE!!!
ONLY OTHER WALDEN VOLCANO PAINTINGS WE KNOW ABOUT IN THE HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART, AND ONE ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME IMAGE!
|Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Lionel Walden was known for his seascapes, landscapes as well as volcanic scenes of Hawaii.
He trained in Paris with Carolus Duran, and became a highly recognized artist in France. He received medals from the Paris Salon and was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.
He first traveled to Hawaii in 1911 at the invitation of his friend and fellow artist Kimo Wilder, and returned several times to paint the glowing volcanoes and moonlit seas. In 1912 he returned to France, but spent half his time in the islands. For a number of years he gave private lessons, and, in collaboration with D. Howard Hitchcock and other artists, produced murals for public buildings in Honolulu. Walden was a frequent contributor to groups shows, and after the Honolulu Academy of Arts opened in 1927, had at least one canvas in every group exhibition of the Hawaiian Society of Artists.
According to David H. Forbes, author of Encounters With Paradise, Lionel Walden “was the finest seascape painter to work in Hawaii.”