Title

John La Farge as collector of Japanese art : motivations and reflections

Author

Shara Brokaw

Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Annette Stott

Second Advisor

M.E. Warlick

Keywords

La Farge, John, -- 1835-1910, Art, Japanese -- Private collections

Abstract

Throughout his lifetime, American artist John La Farge (1835-1910) amassed an enormous collection of art and books. La Farge’s study of art and culture encompassed several genres and aesthetic elements. La Farge has been credited as the first American artist — even prior to James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)— to integrate visual elements and cultural awareness of the Far East within his own Western-trained art. Although many scholars have studied La Farge’s art and life from various perspectives, including his interest in Asian art, the object of the present study is solely focused on La Farge’s collecting of Japanese art.

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