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 Bancel La Farge  (1865 - 1938)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/New York/Rhode Island      Known for: architecture, landscape and religious painting, mosaics

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Following is the obituary of Bancel LaFarge.

Noted Artist Dies, 72, In Mt. Carmet

Bancel LaFarge was son of Famous Painter, John; Decorated Many Churches in Career

Hamden, Aug. 14. --(Special.) -- Bancel LaFarge, noted artist and mural painter, died Sunday at his Mt. Carmet home after an illness of several months. He was 72 years old.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Aeden's Church, New Haven. Burial will be in Newport, R. I.

Mr. LaFarge was born in Newport, son of the famous artist, John LaFarge, and Margaret (Perry) LaFarge, who was the granddaughter of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

For about 10 years Bancel LaFarge devoted himself to the affairs of his family and was an assistant to the late John LaFarge, in the latter's studio on Tenth Street, New York City. In 1903, some time after he was married, he took his family abroad, where he lived for 12 years.

Pursuing in Paris and elsewhere the study of drawing and painting, he prepared himself for the execution of four large alter-pieces in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Providence, R. I.

Actively interested in every form of art, his greatest inspiration and delight were Byzantine mosaics. This special influence can be traced in much of his work, not only in his Providence paintings but also in such decorations for St. Charles Seminary, Catonsville, Md., his series of mosaic alter pieces for the National Shrine in Washington, D. C., and finally his most important work, the apse of Trinity College, in Washington. This mosaic, covering the large semi-dome over the altar, and representing the "Coronation of the Virgin", a subject inspired from Dante's Earthly Paradise and the Vision of Ezekiel, is a remarkably beautiful and authenitic use of the material.

Among other works in mural decoration is a large painting on the apse of Sacred Heart Church, St. Paul, Minn., Christ Appearing to his Disciples at the Lake of Tiberius, and another decoration in the same church, representing the prophets, Moses and Isaiah. He also executed a lunette for the New Haven Public Library. A series of stained glass windows in the Cathedral at St. Paul, Minn., and a window representing the Virgin in the Church of Our Lady, Mt. Carmel, are examples of his work in that medium.

One of the marked characteristics of Bancel LaFarge was his deep love and understanding of nature, a factor which palyed a significant part of his life, and which is evidenced by countless smaller works in oil, water-color and pastel.

In 1898 he married Mabel Hooper, daughter of Edward Hooper, treasurer of Harvard University and art patron.

He was a member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, member of the National Society of Mural Painters, former president of the Liturgical Arts Society, associate fellow of Davenport College, Yale University; President of the Sleeping Giant Park Association and a member of the Connecticut State Commission of Sculptures.

He was also a member of the jury in the national competition sponsored by the United States Treasury Department for the decoration of the government buildings in Washington. His clubs included the Century Association and St. Anthony Club, New York City; and the Social Club, the Dissenters, the Elizabethan Club and the Graduates Club in New Haven.

He leaves his wife, Mabel Hopper LaFarge; four sons, L. Bancel, Edward H., Henry A., and Thomas S. LaFarge; two brothers, C. Grant LaFarge and Rev. John LaFarge, C.J., and two sisters, Mrs. E. H. Childs of New York City and Miss Margaret LaFarge of Newport.

"Jean Louis Bancel LaFarge",

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