|American Paintings — Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) - Pedro Martinez|
|Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) - Pedro Martinez
Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) - Pedro Martinez
Signed lower right
Medium: Original oil on wood board
Dimensions: 31" x 25"
Joseph Henry Sharp was born in Bridgeport, Ohio in 1859. Showing a proficiency for painting and illustrating he started his education at the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati, Ohio. After schooling he went on to study, in the traditional manner, under several masters including Karl Marr, Charles Verlat and Frank Duveneck.
At an early age, Sharp became fascinated with the American Southwest and Native American culture, but it was not until he traveled to New Mexico in 1893, on a sketching trip, that he became truly enraptured by the landscape and its people. The area of Taos, New Mexico was particularly attractive to the artist, with its unusual dwellings and dramatic vistas. He immediately became inspired to paint landscapes and scenes of every day life in Taos. This would be the basis of his artistic career.
So enthralled with his surroundings, he encouraged other artists to visit the area and eventually established the Taos Art Colony, a society of artists dedicated to painting images of Native American culture in the South West. This society included artists such as Bert Phillips and Ernest Blumenshien who also produced wonderful paintings from the area, in the early 20th century.