La Farge, John or Lafarge
American, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 31 March 1835, in New York; died 14 November 1910, in Providence (Rhode Island).
Painter, illustrator, watercolourist. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Murals, designs for stained glass.
John La Farge was a leading personality in 19th- and early 20th-century American art. His French-born father took part in General Leclerc's expedition to suppress a slave rebellion on the Caribbean island of St-Domingue (present-day Haiti), after which he settled in the USA and married the daughter of a miniaturist. John La Farge's earliest artistic training was from his maternal grandfather, but he subsequently followed a conventional, academic course of study, practising painting and drawing in his spare time, until 1856. With his studies completed, La Farge embarked for Europe where he met Chassériau, Puvis de Chavannes and the Goncourt brothers. He worked for a time in the Paris studio of the painter Thomas Couture, and copied Old Masters in the Louvre and in museums in England, Belgium and Holland. La Farge began training as a lawyer upon his return to the USA, but devoted himself to an artistic career from 1859, when he became a pupil of William Morris Hunt in Newport, Rhode Island. He became fascinated by Japanese art from 1861, and published ...