February 18, 1848. He was born in New York, on this day.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 — January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass.
He was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co., Tiffany was exposed to decorative art and design at a young age.
God has given us our talents, not to copy the talents of others, but rather to use our brains and imagination in order to obtain the revelation of true beauty. ~Louis Comfort Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements.
Much like the designs that adorn them, the lamps’ silhouettes also often pay homage to the natural world.
Many popular Tiffany fixtures are shaped like trees, with the base, stand, and shade acting as roots, a trunk, and foliage, respectively.
Many of these stained glass lampshades feature scalloped and irregularly-shaped edges that suggest flower petals, butterfly wings, and other forms found in nature.
While Tiffany lamps fell out of fashion and ceased production by 1913. They saw a resurgence in the 1950s.
Since then, they have become a collector’s item, appearing in private collections, auction houses, fine art museums.
Also in antique shops and flea markets, if you’re lucky.
This work is titled Education.