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John La Farge

Artist:
Edith Woodman Burroughs (American, Riverdale, New York 1871–1916 Flushing, New York)
Date:
1908
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
16 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 9 in. (41.3 x 47.6 x 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.199
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Burroughs modeled this bust of John La Farge (1835–1910) when the distinguished artist was seventy-three years old, toward the end of his extended career. In contrast to the optimistic dandy who appears in La Farge’s 1859 self-portrait (34.134), Burroughs presented him without apology as a pensive and melancholic elder. The vigor of the portrait rests in the assured surface modeling and the sharp horizontal termination at the chest.
Signature: [right sleeve]: Edith Woodman Burroughs

Marking: [foundry mark, right sleeve, stamped]: CIRE / C. VALSUANI / PERDUE
the artist, until 1910
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