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watercolor study for purity, a stained glass window at trinity church in copley square

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred is an exhibit at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College.  This free exhibit concludes December 13, 2015. I am most familiar with La Farge’s murals and stained glass windows at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Complex is a term often used to describe La Farge’s work, and I have a better understanding why after seeing this exhibit.

study for presentation of the virgin, a stained glass window at trinity church in copley square

It was a treat to see the range of his artistic talent expressed in pen and ink sketches, watercolors, oil paintings, wood block prints and of course in stained glass.

watercolor study by John La Farge

watercolor study by John La Farge

watercolor study for bishop hatto and the rats illustration

He may have been horrible at self-promotion, unlike his contemporary and supposedly one-time friend Louis Tiffany, but La Farge was certainly visionary when it came to manipulating light, colors and texture to capture particular moments, such as from his travels in Japan and the South Seas, and to tell stories both spiritual and secular.

tromple l’oeil curtain stained glass window by john la farge

Well worth a trip if you’re in the area. Further details can be found on the museum website: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum/visitor-information/index.html

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John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred Exhibit

 

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