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Small Card Decorated with Landscape Motifs (recto) and Stylized Chrysanthemums (verso)

Christopher Grant La Farge

American Art

Created for use as calling cards, place cards, or menu cards, these charming items indicate how the “Japan craze” permeated all facets of artistic production. Grant La Farge’s familiarity with Japanese motifs (such as Mount Fuji, chrysanthemums, and bamboo shoots) undoubtedly came from his family. His father, the artist John La Farge, embraced Japanese aesthetics in his own art and also collected and published widely on Japanese art; Grant La Farge’s mother, Margaret, was the grandniece of Commodore Matthew Perry.
MEDIUM Watercolor, black ink, and metallic paint on very thin card stock
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 3 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (7.8 x 11 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed monogram on recto, lower right: "GLF"
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Christiana C. Burnett
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Christopher Grant La Farge (American, 1862–1938). Small Card Decorated with Landscape Motifs (recto) and Stylized Chrysanthemums (verso), ca. 1880. Watercolor, black ink, and metallic paint on very thin card stock, 3 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (7.8 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Christiana C. Burnett, 2001.47.3a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2001.47.3a_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2001.47.3a_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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