La Farge, one of the most innovative and versatile artists of the nineteenth century, achieved renown as a painter in oils and watercolors, an illustrator, a muralist, and a designer of stained-glass windows. Among the first to incorporate opalescent glass and other unconventional materials, his windows were unprecedented. This one is the first of a series of at least seven that La Farge created between 1880 and 1909, all based on the theme of peonies in the wind, adapted from Chinese and Japanese handscrolls and porcelains. It was installed in the Newport residence of Henry Gurdon Marquand, president of the Metropolitan Museum from 1889 to 1902.
Marking: marked in panels at border: JOHN LA FARGE PATnd 1880 / JN. LA FARGE APATd. 1880 / J. La Farge / Pat / 1880
Henry Gurdon Marquand, New York and Newport, Rhode Island, 1881–died 1902; sale, American Art Association, New York, 23–30 Jan. 1903, no. 947a; Mrs. George Theodore (Jeanette Dwight) Bliss, New York, 1903–died 1917; Susan Dwight Bliss, New York, 1917–1930
Artist: John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)Date: ca. 1881–82Medium: Watercolor and graphite on heavy white paper mounted on tan cardboardAccession: 2001.378On view in:Not on view
Artist: John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)Date: 1909Medium: Graphite, fixative layer, on off-white wove paper, laid down on pulpboardAccession: 45.56On view in:Not on view