John La Farge: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Japanese Peasant Girl (1886) by John LaFargeReading Public Museum

'Like Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge was a painter, stained glass artist, muralist, and interior designer based in New York.'

Study of Pink Hollyhocks in Sunlight, from Nature (1879) by John La FargeThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'The exuberant floral design reflects the artist's admiration of Japanese art, which La Farge and other late 19th-century artists admired for its rich decorative effect. In this way, Study of Pink Hollyhocks in Sunlight looks ahead to La Farge's masterworks in stained glass, in which he memorably combined his interests in color, light and transparency.'

Blind Man and His Daughter, Vaiala, Samoa (1890) by John La Farge (American, 1835-1910)The Walters Art Museum

'John La Farge traveled to the South Seas with historian and writer Henry Adams.'

At Naiserelangi, from Ratu Jonii Mandraiwiwi's "Yavu," July 14, 1891 (1891) by John La FargeHuntington Museum of Art

'John LaFarge and historian Henry Adams had traveled to Japan together in 1886, a trip that yielded source material for a book and a number of watercolors by LaFarge.'

"Resurrection," Study for the Colonel Henry Coffin Nevins Memorial Window (1894) by John La Farge (American, 1835-1910)The Walters Art Museum

'The chancel designed by La Farge's son, the architect C. Grant La Farge of the firm Heins and La Farge (see James L. Yarnall, "John La Farge: A Biographic and Critical Study," 2012, p. 212).'

Spring (1901-1902) by Designed by John La Farge, American, 1835 - 1910Philadelphia Museum of Art

'John La Farge was one of the first American artists to respond to Japanese art. Inspired by the flowing contours, asymmetrical compositions, and color harmonies of the East, he fused these elements with Western artistic motifs, reminiscent of renaissance painting.'

Untitled (Architecture) (1903/1904) by John La FargeHigh Museum of Art

'Translating into glass a bookplate design by his fellow artist Edwin Austin Abbey, La Farge used several innovative techniques in the production of this work.'

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