The Flowers of Joseph Henry Sharp - Perspectives No. 425
The Flowers of Joseph Henry Sharp
We were recently the lucky recipients of a beautiful leather-bound copy of a book titled In Poetic Silence - The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp by Thomas Minckler. Sharp (1859 - 1953) is remembered primarily as a painter of the western landscape and portraits of Native Americans. As a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists—and considered to be its "Spiritual Father"—Sharp spent much of his life in New Mexico, Montana and California. (See more about the Taos Society of Artists in our article.) A 2013 Antiques Roadshow television segment appraised one of Sharp’s New Mexico oils (to its astonished owners) at $400,000!
His floral still-life paintings are less well-known, although equally inspired and accomplished. Later in life, Sharp turned his attention to painting the flowers from his gardens in Taos and Pasadena, tended by his wife. These paintings are carefully composed and colorful reflections of his more tranquil later years. At 73, Sharp had his first exhibition of exclusively floral paintings held at the Nicholson Gallery in Pasadena, California.
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