Joseph Henry Sharp
Born: Bridgeport, Ohio 1859
Died: Pasadena, California 1953
oil on canvas 18 x 12 in. (45.7 x 30.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 12B
Luce Center Quote
“ . . . I was interested mostly in painting the great chiefs, warriors, and character as they impressed me.” Unpublished letter from Joseph Henry Sharp to Mr. Ewers, August 9, 1948
Luce Center Label
Hand was a Sioux Indian of Pine Ridge from the northern Plains. In this portrait he wears a buffalo-hide sash and feathers that identify him as a warrior and chief. His weathered face and piercing eyes reveal a proud but weary man. In the summer of 1899, Joseph Henry Sharp visited the Crow Agency in Montana, where many tribes, including the Sioux, attended a Crow Council. It is possible that he painted Hand from life, but he likely completed the painting in his studio using a photograph, a common practice of the artist. (Sharp to Mr. Ewers, August 9, 1948; Fenn, The Beat of the Drum and the Whoop of the Dance, 1983)
Ethnic - Indian - Sioux
Portrait male - Hand
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Joseph Henry Sharp
Born: Bridgeport, Ohio 1859 Died: Pasadena, California 1953
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