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JOHN LA FARGE Study of Reef, Tautira, Tahiti.
Watercolor and gouache on paper, circa 1891. 280x320 mm; 11x12 5/8 inches.
Another version of this watercolor sold at Keno Auctions, New York, June 12, 2012.
Dr. James L. Yarnall writes, "La Farge routinely replicated his South Seas watercolors or made close variations of them, and he used these to fill in his various South Seas exhibitions, of which there were both American and French versions. This is a thoroughly documented and a well-known watercolor."
Published in Reminiscences of the South Seas, John La Farge, 1912, page 302 (illustrated); Art Property of John La Farge, Boston Evening Transcript, March 20, 1911, page 10 (illustrated); and Yarnall, Recreation and Idleness: The Pacific Travels of John La Farge, 1998, page 98 (illustrated).