Blind Man and His Daughter, Vaiala, Samoa
John La Farge
From the collection
John La Farge traveled to the South Seas with historian and writer Henry Adams. In October 1890 they arrived at the village of Vaiala (also spelled Vaiale) in Samoa, near the modern capital of Apia. This became their home base until they left the country in late January 1891. Here they became aquainted with the famous English author, Robert Louis Stevenson. La Farge painted many watercolors documenting his experiences there. In common with other travellers from Europe and America he saw connections between the people and scenes he witnessed and the classical and archaic past, referencing Homer and Greek scuplture in his written descriptions, and seeing visual affinities with the art of Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Poussin and Puvis de Chavannes. This sketch shows a young woman leading a older blind man with a stick.
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Inscription: [Initials and date] lower right: L F 1890 [Label] on reverse: Macbeth Galleries, NY [Numeral] 34
Medium: watercolor on paper.
Credit line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1907 (?).
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