Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

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Lot 50

50: John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)
50: John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)
50: John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)

John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)

John LaFarge (American, 1835-1910)

Study on the Reef at Tautira, Tahiti
, 1891
Unsigned
Watercolor and gouache on paper
8 x 9 inches (sight)

Provenance: Vance Jordan Fine Art, Inc., circa 2002

Exhibitions: Records of Travel, New York, no. 170; Paris, no. 169

John LaFarge’s Second Paradise, Voyages in the South Seas 1890-1891: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Oct. 19, 2010- January 2, 2011; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, January 22- March 27, 2011, Catalogue number 38

Other Notes: In February of 1891, John LaFarge and Henry Adams were traveling from Papara along the Isthmus to the island of Taiarapu, where they met Ori the chief of the Teva clan, who Robert Louis Stevenson had met in 1888. Stevenson had written a letter of introduction for La Farge and Adams.

LaFarge painted just two watercolors of the reefs, this being the crisper more detailed of the two. Lafarge wrote in his Record of Travel, “”to go to the reef which runs along exactly like a great coastway… and to see the great waves break against this wall, then run in innumerable ripples over the edge in to the quiet water inside the reef.””

Estimate: $15,000-30,000

Price Realized: $16,120