John La Farge

Edith Woodman Burroughs American
Cast by C. Valsuani

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.

John La Farge, Edith Woodman Burroughs (American, Riverdale, New York 1871–1916 Flushing, New York), Bronze, American

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