John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910) The Enchantress
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- American & European Works of Art - 2371
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- September 07, 2007 12:00PM
John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)
Unsigned, identified on a presentation plaque and a label from The Hudson River
Museum, Yonkers, New York, affixed to the reverse.
India ink on uncut woodblock, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (17.2 x 14.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Splits to panel, not examined out of frame.
N.B. John LaFarge was a 'Renaissance Man' and leading American artist of the Aesthetic movement. He worked in a variety of media which combined elements from disparate artistic styles. It is in his illustrations that we see the influence of Japanese prints and the English Pre-Raphaelite movement. Kathleen Foster writes, 'La Farge's interest in illustration dated from the 1850s, along with his early study of Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, but his serious work along such lines began after a lengthy illness in 1865-1867 forced him to give up outdoor work.'1 His fantastical illustrations were considered somewhat gothic with a distinct Japanese influence, and used Japanese painting techniques to create a softness and instill a sense of mystery. 'La Farge introduced a new mood of imaginative fantasy into American illustration. Often he dealt with terrifying themes, such as danger, abandonment, [and] strange encounters...'2
1. Adams, Henry, et al., John LaFarge, (New York: Abbeville Press, 1987), p. 132.
2. Ibid, p. 34.
The work is framed under glass and has not been examined out of its frame. In addition to two horizontal splits to the pannel, there is perhaps some mild scattered soiling/staining.
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