Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) was a phenomenon in his day. As one of history’s most celebrated painters of American Indians, Sharp created remarkable pictorial evocations of Indian subjects over six decades. He took his first serious steps into the West in 1893, at age thirty-four, with the intention of immersing himself in New Mexico’s Puebloan cultures. By the time he turned forty, he had expanded his artistic territory from the Southwest to the northern Plains and was openly regarded as one of the genuine masters of western American art. To this day, he is hailed as a prescient, observant, skilled, and warm-hearted painter.

The Ricketts Art Foundation, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, The Lunder Research Center at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, and the Gilcrease Museum present this companion online catalogue to The Life & Art of Joseph Henry Sharp. The 700+ paintings in public collections included in the Sharp Online Catalogue substantiate the remarkable quest undertaken by the artist and his family to venture west in search of unexplored places, subjects, and insights.


For information on the companion publication to the Online Catalogue, and the most recent scholarship on Sharp, please see The Life & Art of Joseph Henry Sharp on the Bibliography page of this site. 


Extensive research of Joseph Henry Sharp’s body of work has revealed that some titles and/or dates of creation may differ from those currently in use.
Titles and dates of creation for works are based on the first discoverable date of exhibition or illustration and the title used at that time. The titles and dates that have been shared with us by institutions, if and when they differ from our research or method, are indicated in brackets.