John La Farge is notable as a painter, designer, and aesthetic innovator of the first order. He was renowned for his personality and wit, and his contributions to the modern development of stained glass rival his varied and masterful career in illustration and fine art. He was among the earliest western artist’s to adapt the idiom of Japanese prints, predating the French Impressionist’s enthusiasm for the form by several years. He rivaled Kenyon Cox for mural commissions at the turn of the century, and settled a suit over opalescent stained glass with his competitor, Louis Comfort Tiffany. He travelled fearlessly, producing a volume of watercolors in the South Pacific equal parts art and anthropology.