Small Card Decorated with Mount Fuji (recto) and Paint Bowl and Brush (verso)
Christopher Grant La Farge
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.
Watercolor and black ink on very thin card stock
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Bequest of Christiana C. Burnett
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Christopher Grant La Farge (American, 1862-1938). Small Card Decorated with Mount Fuji (recto) and Paint Bowl and Brush (verso), ca. 1880. Watercolor and black ink on very thin card stock, 3 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (8 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Christiana C. Burnett, 2001.47.4a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2001.47.4a_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2001.47.4a_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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