Jan 23, 2009

Fortune

Fortune

1901

John La Farge

(American, 1835–1910)

Graphite

Support: Cream(3) Japanese paper

Sheet: 27.7 x 20 cm (10 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Gift of William G. Mather 1950.316

Location

Description

When commissioned in 1901 to make a stained glass window for the Frick office building in Pittsburgh, John La Farge produced this strange design of Fortune balancing precariously on a wheel—an emblem of the fickleness of fortune. The hazy, mysterious handling of the face of the central figure recalls contemporary French Symbolist painters such as Odilon Redon (1840–1916).

See also
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Graphite

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