From about 1830 to the end of the century, landscape painting became a dominant force in American art. Dominant in that landscape was a vehicle with which the artist exemplified a connection between the self and feelings of nationalism, moralism, and spiritualism. Newport, a cultural haven during this period for artistic as well as literary figures, provided much of the inspirational incentive and imagery for the development and redefinition of interests for many artists, including John La Farge. This period, and specifically the work of La Farge during this period, is what inspired Smithsonian Fellowship recipient, Dr. James L. Yarnall to write a series of articles for Newport History on the Paradise Valley period of La Farge's career.
Yarnall, James L.
"John La Farge's "Paradise Valley Period","
Newport History: Vol. 55
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol55/iss185/2