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"A Private Garden: The Jack and Elaine Folline Collection of the Works Of Louis Comfort Tiffany"
2001-10-06 until 2002-01-21
Columbia Museum of Art
This exhibition presents aspects of Louis Comfort Tiffanys work in glass - mostly Favrile glass vessels dating from the late 1890s to the 1920s. Drawn exclusively from a local private collection, the show is organized by chronology, technique, and decorative motifs. Emphasis is placed upon the creation and context of these works as art objects reflective of Aesthetic and Art Nouveau sensibilities.
Born in New York City to the founder of Tiffany & Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany began his career by studying painting with George Inness and Samuel Colman. Prompted by his fathers chief designer Edward C. Moore, Tiffany traveled throughout the Mediterranean, which stirred a life-long interest in color theory and exotic motifs such as those promoted by the exponents of the Aesthetic movement. Tiffanys travels not only influenced his career but also acquainted him with the designs of ancient Roman and Islamic glass. While glass eventually offered a new challenge for Tiffany - at first in the form of windows -- his next endeavor in design and decorative arts was as an interior designer.
His commissions for Mark Twain, Cornelius Vanderbilt and the White House under President Chester Arthur earned him an international reputation and great success. By the 1890s Tiffany had focused his interest on glass - whether as windows, lamps, or his acclaimed Favrile glass vessels. Americas best-known proponent of the Art Nouveau style, Tiffanys remarkable career spanned over five decades.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
American, New York, Active 1892-1928
Covered Jar with Lily-pad Decorations
On loan from Jack and Elaine Folline