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Lockwood De Forest (American, 1850-1932)
Temple Interior, Luxor, 1876
Oil on paper, 12-1/2 x 17-3/4 in.
Signed and dated at lower left: L de F / Feb 5/76.
Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest.  1976.10.1




About This Work

Lockwood de Forest's early interest in art was encouraged by his parents and he first began painting in oil during a family trip to Europe and Constantinople in 1868-69. While in Rome, he visited the studio of the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church and accompanied him on sketching trips to cathedrals, museums, and other historical sites. In New York, de Forest formally studied with Church between 1870 and 1875 and Church's influence can be seen in the spontaneous and consummate oil sketches that de Forest painted, particularly in their concern for light and atmosphere. From Church, de Forest also gained a strong appreciation for Eastern crafts and architecture. Although de Forest painted throughout his life, documenting his extensive travels through Europe, the Mid-East, India, and in later years the American West, his primary vocation was in the decorative arts. He was briefly affiliated with Louis Comfort Tiffany and Candace Wheeler in their decoration firm, Associated Artists, and in 1881 he traveled extensively through India, establishing in Ahmedabad a workshop for the production of carved wood panels, metalwork, and textiles. Although Associated Artists dissolved in 1883, de Forest continued to design interiors with work provided by the Indian workshop until the early years of the 20th century, when the taste for Indian crafts had begun to wane.




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