John La Farge as Collector of Japanese Art: Motivations and Reflections


Shara Brokaw

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

Annette Stott

Second Advisor

M.E. Warlick


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


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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