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JOSEPH HENRY SHARP (1859-1953)
Born in Bridgeport, Ohio, Joseph Sharp was regarded as the “father of the Taos Art Colony,” and was known for his Indian figure and genre painting as well as for exquisitely colorful landscapes. He was a historian of the West as well as a painter, and helped to preserve the record of a way of life that was changing forever.
He was one of the first Caucasian artists to visit New Mexico, arriving in Santa Fe in 1883. Sharp also visited Alaska, and was one of the first artists to visit there following the purchase of the Alaska Territory from Russia. Deaf from a childhood accident, Sharp had a cheerful nature and was widely traveled.
Sharp was also one of the first European-American artists to visit Taos, New Mexico: he made his first trip there in 1893 with artist John Hauser. He painted American Indian portraits and images of Indian culture along with Western landscapes. President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Sharp to paint the portraits of the 200 Native American warriors who survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
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