Past Exhibitions

John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891

January 22, 2011 – March 27, 2011

In 1890, John La Farge and his close friend, the historian Henry Adams, embarked on a journey to the islands of the South Pacific - Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Raratonga, Fiji, Australia, Java, Singapore, and Ceylon - a journey that would keep them away from their homes for well over a year. John La Farge's Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-1891 showcases the most important La Farge oils, watercolors, and sketches from that trip - some executed on site, others upon La Farge's return to his home studio. The exhibition features 12 previously unknown sketchbooks, filled with drawings of people and landscapes, as well as copious notes on culture and language, providing new insight into this period in La Farge's career.

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Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas is made possible by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art; the generous support of Yale alumni Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Sherrill, B.A. 1975; Denise Bouché Fitch in memory of George Hopper Fitch, B.A. 1932; Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Sutphin, B.A. 1981; and Mr. and Mrs. James E. Duffy, B.A. 1951, with additional support provided by an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This Addison presentation of this exhibition has been generously funded by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Exhibitions Fund.