John La Farge / The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, Known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden / 1887John La Farge
The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, Known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden

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Creator Name: La Farge, John
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1835-1910
Creator Name-CRT: John La Farge
Title: The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, Known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1887
Creation End Date: 1887
Creation Date: 1887
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Work on Paper: Watercolor
Materials and Techniques: Watercolor and gouache on off-white wove paper
Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (49 x 31.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 66.143
Credit Line: Gift of the family of Maria L. Hoyt, 1966

On a trip to Japan with Henry Adams in 1886, La Farge enlisted watercolor-the familiar medium of the traveling artist-to create studies for illustrations and to paint sheets for exhibition. He executed this bold and monumental composition after his return to New York, using a watercolor sketch done during his travels as well as photographs that he and Adams had taken. The Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, a fifty-foot-high bronze cast in 1252, is renowned for its colossal size, its peaceful demeanor, and its unusual site in the open air surrounded by mountains and trees.

AMICA ID: MMA_.66.143
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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