The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman
The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman is a major exploration of the paintings of Louis C. Tiffany (1848–1933) within the wider context of his creative genius. A celebrated glass and jewelry designer, Tiffany was first and always a painter, studying under George Inness and Samuel Colman at the start of his career. While Tiffany’s paintings are not widely known, they reveal a profound sensitivity to light and color. Ultimately, these interests drove Tiffany’s refinement of glass, a medium in which he concentrated so much of his creative energies. Furthermore, the subjects of Tiffany’s painting, particularly the Orientalist scenes captured during the artist’s travels in North Africa and the Middle East, informed his design aesthetic, which was known not only for its nature-inspired forms but also its exotic motifs from Morocco, India, Turkey and the Far East.
At the core of the exhibition are approximately 100 highlights from the Nassau County Museum’s collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany paintings, the best and largest of its kind. To demonstrate the indubitable link between Tiffany’s painting and design, the paintings will be thematically grouped alongside a treasure-trove of approximately 40 examples of large stained glass windows, furniture, lamps, vases and other decorative art objects. These objects come from the extensive holdings of the Mark Twain House & Museum, whose interior was designed by Tiffany’s firm, Associated Artists, as well as from private collections. Examples of exquisite jewelry designed or co-designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany are on loan from the premier holdings of Tiffany & Co. Archives.
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