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Hibiscus and Parrots by Louis Comfort Tiffany
Hibiscus and Parrots by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Hibiscus and Parrots, 1910

Louis Comfort Tiffany

This gorgeous window showing two parrots perched on a hibiscus plant reveals the artist’s brilliant use of color and texture. You can see this most clearly in the birds’ heads and backs. Tiffany was a brilliant colorist, and innovated techniques, brand new at the time, to achieve subtle gradations of color in glass. Though the panels of glass may look painted, the artist achieved the color through mixing when the glass was in a molten stage. Textured glass gives the tail feathers greater realism, and the artist’s distinctive mottled glass gives the impression of sunlight filtered through the foliage.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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