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Peonies Blown in the Wind by John La Farge

Peonies Blown in the Wind, 1880

John La Farge

This intricately detailed window combines a recognizable picture, a floral still life, with abstract and stylized patterns, such as the green scalloped sections above and below the flowers, and the border of light-colored curlicues near the outer edge. It also includes a type of glass the artist developed, called opalescent —you can see its mottled quality in the small dots of glass that decorate the outermost edge, and in the asymmetrical pieces of glass that form the blue background. La Farge admired Far Eastern art; this window’s vertical format resembles a hand scroll, and its subject, peonies, was popular in Chinese art.

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