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    JOSEPH HENRY SHARP (American 1859 - 1953)
    Crow Reservation, circa 1905
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 18in.
    Signed lower right

    PROVENANCE:
    Newhouse Galleries, New York, NY;
    Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh, Fort Worth, Texas;
    Walsh Family Art Trust

    The "father of the Taos art colony", Joseph Henry Sharp was a painter, illustrator, and teacher whose love affair with the American Southwest and its native people was vividly expressed in his art.

    In the midst of his art education, Sharp traveled to the West on a sketching trip in 1893. Though traveling to California and the Columbia River Basin, it was the Santa Fe area and its inhabitants that really captured his imagination. Ten years later, in 1893, Sharp returned to New Mexico, and "discovered" Taos. At the time (from 1892-1902) he was teaching at the Cincinnati Art Academy, but Taos continued to draw him and he returned frequently during the summers both to that area and to the plains to paint his Native American subjects.

    In 1901, Sharp was given a commission by the Crow Agency to build a studio in Montana near the battlefield where Custer fought and to "make a visual record of Indians who had fought against Custer." Sharp's response was over 200 portraits from live models and photographs of more than 400.

    This unlined rendering of the Crow Reservation has a freshness and spontaneity of brushwork that suggests it was done from life.



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