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The Paintings of Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Drawn from an important Long Island collection, The Paintings of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Works from a Long Island Collection is a major exhibition that showcases approximately 125 oils and works on paper by Louis Comfort Tiffany, an American artist most closely associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. This exhibition, the first focusing on Tiffany’s paintings to be seen in the New York metropolitan area since 1979 opens at Nassau County Museum of Art on December 10, 2011 and remains on view through March 18, 2012. Centered on Tiffany’s paintings, which he created for himself to memorialize his travels and surroundings, The Paintings of Louis Comfort Tiffany offers an uncommon glimpse into the artist’s personal world. The exhibition also includes some examples of Tiffany’s decorative arts, especially stained glass lamps and windows. The exhibition is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts with additional support from Astoria Federal Savings.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) created light-filled works suffused with Orientalism and employing sensuous Art Nouveau lines. Tiffany’s paintings and decorative arts contrasted sharply with the era’s prevailing dark Victorian décor and had a powerful influence on the evolving aesthetics of the wealthy and famous of the Gilded Age.

The approximately 125 paintings in the exhibition include many subjects inspired by his travels to the Middle East, among them, Camel Watering Hole; Luxor, Egypt; Travelers Near Cairo; and Temple of Ramses, Abu Simbel as well as subjects closer to home such as Pushing Off the Boat at Sea Bright, New Jersey and Cows in Pond or his much-loved Long Island home as seen in Fountain at Laurelton Hall and View of Laurelton Hall.

ksenia stumpf January 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM
you can get free museum passes from the gc library but must get before date of use and if you do not use there is penalty . I saw kutler at nassau museum in roslyn this way . Had the pleasure of walking with tour just by chance , The person was above qualified and it was amazing . The insight to the civil war . ksenia
Diane Stephan February 23, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Went the other day and it was very nice. Although this exhibit was about his paintings, I was hoping to see a few more Tiffany Lamps and windows than they had. If you are thinking of bringing a child under 10 years old, you may want to think again. My 7 year old was not one bit interested and made sure to tell me every time I stopped to admire a painting. Invest in a sitter.
Rosemarie Stauber February 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Diane - I believe that there is a Lego exhibit there as well. Did you see that also? I was planning to go there for that (for my kid) and for the Tiffany stuff (for me).
Diane Stephan February 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It was one room with a few sculptures. One of a man that was all red and and a man with a head coming out of his chest, kinda creepy for a kid, but I thought it was cool.

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