John LaFarge (1835-1910)


"Born and raised in New York City in a cultured French family, John LaFarge became a leading figure in the arts in New York in the late 19th century, known for his exquisite murals, stained glass designs, and innovations of technique. He also was a noted writer and lecturer on art. He graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland and then went to Europe where he was much impressed by the stain glass in the medieval architecture. In Paris, he studied with Thomas Couture, and in London, he was much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites led by John Ruskin, who focused on the importance of art being morally and spiritually uplifting."  — excerpt from the archives of — Watercolor Masters: John LaFarge © 2010 Greg Conley —

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by Greg Conley

September 9th, 2015