John La Farge: Nocturne (c.1885)

Screenshot_2018-09-25 John La Farge Nocturne American The Met


A founder and leader of the American watercolor movement by the late 1870s, La Farge used the medium to make studies for illustrations and decorative projects, to record his travels, and to paint exquisite floral still-life exhibition pieces. This sheet typifies those still lifes in its quiet mood, its nuanced handling of the medium, and its echoes of Japanese asymmetrical composition and broad tonal planes. La Farge was in the vanguard of American artists who appreciated Japanese design principles.

Quote from TheMet


  • Artist: John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)
  • Date: ca. 1885
  • Culture: American
  • Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and charcoal on off-white wove paper adhered to wove paper
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 7 in. (21 x 17.8 cm)
  • Classification: Drawings
  • Credit Line:   Bequest of Miss Louise Veltin, 1937

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