"John La Farge's Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891"
New York painter John La Farge, a romantic at the forefront of the then retro-facing Arts and Crafts movement, and best known in Boston for his stained-glass windows for Trinity Church in Copley Square, took off in 1890 for a year's sail to Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, and Java — about a year before Gauguin arrived to claim the territory for Paris Modernism. This show, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, collects his paintings and drawings — including 11 previously unknown sketchbooks — of palm trees, volcanoes, islanders, and coconuts. "Nothing is ever pale," he wrote home to his son. "There is color everywhere."