2˄ Ranch, Wyoming, Big Horn Mountains

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1907
Catalogue Number
646
Medium
oil on paperboard, primed
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Verso: 2˄ Ranch, Wyo Big Horn Mountains / 350.00

Dimensions
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Credit Line
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX
Accession Number
31.25.26
Subjects
Big Horn, autumn, landscape

The artist; [?]; [Jane Hiatt, La Fonda Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico]; H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1956; present owner: Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Orange, Texas, by bequest, 1965; accession to Stark Museum of Art, 1965

Sharp visited his friend Fra Dana at her Wyoming 2˄ ranch near Sheridan in November 1907 according to a letter to his friend Joseph Henry Gest. (Sharp Papers) The next year he began showing samples of his paintings from there at his exhibitions. Such views as this, ranging in price from $300 to $400, appeared in exhibits well into the mid-teens.
 
Stark Museum label text: Sharp's scene of the 2˄ Ranch evokes a story of how ranch life thwarted artistic goals for another artist. Sharp visited the ranch where his former art student, Fra Dinwiddie Dana, lived. She had studied art in Cincinnati. When she married Wyoming rancher Edwin L. Dana, she made an agreement with him that she would travel and pursue her art studies part of every year. The demands of ranch life distracted her from her goals. Sketching expeditions with Sharp were her respite from the hard work of ranch life. They gave Sharp an opportunity to study the Wyoming landscape in the company of someone who shared his artistic interests. The Sharp and Dana families visited each other at least annually over the next decade.