Fish (Decorative Panel)
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.138
People
John La Farge, American (New York, NY 1835 - 1910 Providence, RI)
Title
Fish (Decorative Panel)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1865
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
60.3 x 44.5 cm (23 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.)
frame: 81.3 x 65.4 x 1.3 cm (32 x 25 3/4 x 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.c.: Jno Lafarge MDCCCLXV
Provenance
Aimee (Mrs. George L.) Heins, sister of the artist; her sale to Doll and Richards, Boston, MA, 1913; their sale to Mrs. Richard Stokes, New York, by 1934; her sale to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.138
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, An Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge, exh. cat., Blanchard Press, Inc. (New York, NY, 1936), pl. 17, reproduced in b/w

Ruth B. Katz, "La Farge as Painter and Critic" (Ph.D. Diss., Radcliffe College, 1951), Unpublished and Harvard University

Henry B. Adams, "A La Farge Decorative Project" (Thesis, Yale University, 1976)

Helen Barbara Weinberg, "The Decorative Work of John La Farge" (Thesis, Columbia University, 1977), Garland Press, pp. 41-42, n. 3, 323

Natalie Spassky, Linda Bantel, Doreen Bolger Burke, Meg Perlman, and Amy L. Walsh, American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845, ed. Kathleen Luhrs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University Press (New York, 1985), p. 406

Doreen Bolger Burke, In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1986), reproduced b/w, fig. 9.10, p. 306

James L. Yarnall, Nature Vivante: The Still Lifes of John La Farge, exh. cat., Jordan-Volpe Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1995), pp. 122-123, reproduced b/w fig 24, p. 122

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 186-87, cat. no. 144, reproduced in color, p. 186

Helen Barbara Weinberg, "John La Farge and the Decoration of Trinity Church, Boston", Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (December 1974), vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 323-53, pps. 323-353, reproduced b/w fig. 1, p. 323

George Parsons Lathrop, "John La Farge", Scribner's Monthly (February 1881), vol. XXI, pp. 503-17, 513

Henry B. Adams, “John La Farge and Japan”, Apollo (February 1984), pp.120-29, reproduced p. 125, no. 14

Henry B. Adams, “A Fish by John La Farge”, Art Bulletin (June 1980), vol. LXII, no. 2, pp. 269-80, pps. 269-280, reproduced fig. 1

Henry B. Adams, “John La Farge's Discovery of Japanese Art”, The Art Bulletin, Art Bulletin (September 1985), pp.449-85, reproduced b/w, fig. 37, p. 473

Dorinda Evans, "Albert Pinkham Ryder's Use of Visual Sources", Winterthur Portfolio (Spring 1986), vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 21-40, pp. 34-35, fig. 13

Kathleen A. Foster, "The Still-Life Paintings of John La Farge", American Art Journal (Summer 1979), no. 11, pp. 4-37, pps. 4-37; reproduced [incorrectly] b/w, fig. 11, p. 23

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Allston Club, 1866, Allston Club, Boston, 01/01/1866 - 12/31/1866

Annual Exhibition, 1867, National Academy of Design, New York, 01/01/1867 - 12/31/1867

Unidentified Exhibition, Cincinnati Academy, 1868, Cincinnati Academy, Cincinnati, 01/01/1868 - 12/31/1868

Unidentified Exhibition, Yale School of Fine Arts, 1971, Yale University School of Fine Arts, New Haven, 01/01/1871 - 12/31/1871

Unidentified Exhibition, Cottier's Gallery, Cottier's Gallery, 01/01/1875 - 12/31/1875

Unidentified Exhibition, MFA Boston, 1883, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/01/1883 - 12/31/1883

Unidentified Exhibition, Society of American Artists, 1883, Society of American Artists, 01/01/1883 - 12/31/1883

An Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 03/23/1936 - 04/26/1936

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

American Art and Modernity, 1865–1965, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted