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Hawaiian Volcano

ca. 1930s
20th Century
6 3/4 in. x 9 in. (17.15 cm x 22.86 cm)

Julian Greenwell, American, (1880–1960)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Watercolor on heavy paper
Credit Line: Gift of Serge Millan
Accession Number: 1988.10.5
This piece speaks volumes to the question of preservation—both environmental and cultural. Hawaiian Volcano was made in the 1930s, a time of increased plantations, forced assimilation, and capitalist encouragement of tourism in Hawaii in the decades following its forced annexation to the U.S. in 1901. Hawaii’s tourist trade is focused on luscious beaches, beautiful views, and an image of relaxed and unassuming culture for wealthy outsiders, while the Native Hawaiian culture has been fetishized and exoticized for pleasure and money. Looking at this painting, made during this turbulent time by the white son of a wealthy cattle rancher in Hawaii, we are reminded to reflect on what has been preserved environmentally, what has been lost, and what depth of culture and people has been sacrificed without second thought for these features.

--Zana Ito, December 2016

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Sheet Dimensions: 6 3/4 in. x 9 in. (17.15 cm x 22.86 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 15 7/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. (40.32 cm x 50.48 cm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017

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