James Yarnall's series on La Farge has illuminated the artist as humanist typified through his work in the landscape idiom. In this final segment, the author discusses La Farge's painting "The Last Valley" as a pivotal exhibition piece indicative of a popular interest in art as more than a concept of ideal beauty or emotion but art as a philosophy, art as science, a product of human endeavor and as Tolstoy noted in the late nineteenth century "one of the conditions of human life." This article brings the life and career of La Farge full circle into his extensive involvement in the decorative art of stained glass, the area which consumed the majority of his time and effort throughout the latter portion of his life.
Yarnall, James L.
"John La Farge's "The Last Valley","
Newport History: Vol. 55:
188, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol55/iss188/2