Portrait of the Painter

John La Farge American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773

This self-portrait, which La Farge painted in October 1859 at his family's estate in Glen Cove, Long Island, reflects his use of a photograph as a pictorial source; his appreciation of the unmodulated shapes and flattened space of Japanese prints; his reliance on broad tonal masses in the manner of his teachers, Thomas Couture and William Morris Hunt; and his experiments in plein-air landscape painting. The artist portrays himself as a landscapist ready to embark on a painting expedition.

Portrait of the Painter, John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island), Oil on wood panel, American

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