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The End of Cook’s Bay, Island of Moorea, Society Islands, Dawn, 1891. John La Farge (1835-1910). Watercolor and gouache on paper, 14 3/4 x 22 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1951.07.

John La Farge (1835-1910) was born into a wealthy family of French immigrants in New York City and was instructed by his father to pursue a career in law. Upon his father’s death, he moved to Rhode Island to study in the studio of William Morris Hunt (1824-1879). La Farge became interested in still life and landscape painting and had intentions of studying in Paris, but the impending Civil War halted his plans. Therefore, he remained in Rhode Island and enjoyed a prosperous lifestyle while continuing to paint. La Farge traveled to Japan in 1886 and the South Seas in 1890-91, with the famous author Henry Adams (1838-1918). Both trips influenced his subject matter greatly, and allowed him to vary his style. La Farge actively explored watercolor techniques during the whole of his career. Tragically, La Farge was committed to a mental institution in 1910 where he spent the last several months of his elderly life. (more…)

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