Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Peonies Blown in the Wind

Maker:
John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)
Date:
ca. 1880
Culture:
American
Medium:
Leaded opalescent glass
Dimensions:
75 x 45 in. (190.5 x 114.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1930
Accession Number:
30.50
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
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.
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