Henry François Farny

Paintings

Henry François Farny

Paintings

Also known as Farny, François Henry; Farny, Henry F.; Farny, Henry Francois

Nationality: American

Biography:
Few late nineteenth-century artists of the American West better evoked the humanistic spirit of the Indian than Henry Farny. His family moved in 1847 from Alsace, France, to western Pennsylvania, where as a six-year-old he observed his mother caring for members of a local Seneca tribe. This fascination with Native American culture remained with Farny as he initiated his career in Cincinnati as an illustrator, receiving early commissions from Harper's Weekly and Century Magazine. During the 1880s, Farny made four major trips to the West, most on magazine assignments, each time sketching and photographing reservation life and gathering materials for compositions he assembled back in his Cincinnati studio. After 1890, painting replaced illustration as Farny's preferred medium. Working primarily in gouache, he rendered moving portraits of Comanche, Sioux, and Zuni leaders in native dress, as well as Indian genre scenes. Farny distinguished himself from fellow illustrators Frederic Remington and Charles Russell by depicting his subjects engaged in tranquil everyday pastimes rather than in violent combat with enemies—a strategy for heroizing what he considered a deeply intelligent people. After his trip to Fort Yates, North Dakota in 1881, Farny began painting bust portraits of both identifiable and unknown Indians, a practice he continued for the rest of his career. Of these, his most famous was that of Sitting Bull from 1899, which posed the Little Bighorn warrior in full regalia. Others show anonymous sitters in western clothing, signaling the encroachment of white civilization.


 

Henry François Farny Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Collection  HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916) Saddling Up, 1895 Gouache o...
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. CollectionHENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916)Saddling Up, 1895Gouache on p...
Lot 77037
Auction 5024
Thursday, June 11, 2009
$334,600.00
HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916) The Ambush Oil on canvas 20 x 12 inches (50.8 x 30.5 cm) Signed lower...
HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916)The AmbushOil on canvas20 x 12 inches (50.8 x 30.5 cm)Signed lower rig...
Lot 76015
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
$43,750.00
HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (American 1847-1916) Ogalala Fire, circa 1890-1900 Oil on canvas 11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (American 1847-1916)Ogalala Fire, circa 1890-1900Oil on canvas11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm)...
Lot 24026
Auction 652
Friday, May 25, 2007
$13,145.00
HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916) Wyoming Territory Watercolor on paper 10-1/2 x 14 inches (26.7 x 35.6...
HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916)Wyoming TerritoryWatercolor on paper10-1/2 x 14 inches (26.7 x 35.6 cm)...
Lot 75086
Auction 5026
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
$3,585.00
HENRY F. FARNEY (American 1847-1916) Indian Scout on Horseback Pen and ink on paper 7-1/2 x 9 inches (19.1 x 22.9 cm)
HENRY F. FARNEY (American 1847-1916)Indian Scout on HorsebackPen and ink on paper7-1/2 x 9 inches (19.1 x 22.9 cm)...
Lot 23365
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
$1,434.00

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