Attributed to La Farge, John (American)
1835 - 1910
Parrot, watercolor, signed lower left,
10" x 6" sight, 16.25"
About the Painting : Very good condition; some "waving"
in the paper; the glass and frame may be
original to the painting, judging by the
imperfections in the glass, but the double
mat is of recent vintage and was done prior
to our acquisition over ten years ago. We have not removed the painting from the
frame, but there is apparently an index number
verso and possibly a signature. We've seen
other watercolors by La Farge painted with
a similar palette, and this could be a work
from his trip to the South Seas in 1890.
We cannot verify the signature, however. He is known to have painted over 4,000 watercolors, but without provenance
we can only attribute this one to La Farge.
About the Artist: Born in New York City, John La Farge studied
with William Morris Hunt in Newport, R.I.,
and with Couture in Paris. La Farge began
his career as a painter of landscapes and
figure compositions. Commissioned (1876)
to decorate Trinity Church, Boston, he thereafter
engaged primarily in mural painting and the
manufacture and design of stained glass.
An eclectic artist and a man of the widest
culture, friend of Henry Adams and Henry
James, La Farge did much to create a sound
tradition of the fine arts in the United
States. His murals in Trinity Church and
the Church of the Ascension, New York City,
set a standard for the art unsurpassed in
the United States. A lifelong Roman Catholic,
he did much of his best work for churches.
His splendid windows may be seen in the churches
of Buffalo, N.Y., and Worcester, Mass., and
in the chapels of Harvard and Columbia universities.
La Farge worked in many media. His watercolors
and drawings are well known, particularly
those commemorating his visit to the South
Seas in 1886. His easel paintings are in
many leading American museums. His writings
and lectures on art are distinguished for
their urbanity and judgment. Among them are
Considerations on Painting (1895), An Artist's
Letters from Japan (1897), The Higher Life
in Art (1908), and Reminiscences of the South