Stained Glass Dogwood
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Louis Comfort Tiffany is so closely identified with stained glass that the mention of his name can evoke a clear image of a Tiffany lamp or a Tiffany window. When we become accustomed to the knockoffs we see at lighting stores on the Bowery or at Home Depot it is easy to forget the master that he was, and relegate him to the realm of kitsch. We are fortunate to have the Metropolitan Museum to show us just how groundbreaking an artist he was, and what a masterful colorist. The next time you are at the Met, be sure to take a look at this panel of a Dogwood tree, blooming against the blue of a sky that gradates through light blues, lilacs and whites to meet earthbound greens, browns and for surprise and good measure, blue. The blooms are stylized and flat (dogwood flowers certainly lend themselves to that treatment, and this is glass, after all). Thanks to Tiffany’s complete mastery of his materials: glass and color, the panels without any tree in them are every bit as compelling as his depiction of the dogwood. They call to mind my current favorite stained glass work, the High Line’s stained glass View of Hudson, with its color palette drawn straight from the river.
Spencer Finch is the artist of the High Line art
Check out this current version of the Hudson river, via stained glass, at the High Line NYC