Crucita—A Taos Indian Girl

[Crucita—Taos Indian Girl in Old Hopi Wedding Dress and Dry Flowers]; [Crucita and the Dry Flowers]

Joseph Henry Sharp
ca. 1913; [1926-1928]
Catalogue Number
oil on canvas
Inscribed on dust cover: "Crucita-Taos Indian Girl- / Old Hopi (underlined) Wedding Dress and Dry Flowers / (W70  inter Bouquet. / 1926-8 (enclosed in oval)"
47 1/2 x 55 1/2 in.
Credit Line
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK. Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955.
Accession Number
Hopi, Taos, floral, girl, portrait

The artist; Thomas Gilcrease, Tulsa, OK; The Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, Tulsa, OK, 1955; present owner by gift

This painting first appears under the title Crucita—A Taos Indian Girl when it was submitted as one of two Sharp entries in the winter, 1913 exhibition of the National Academy of Design in New York. It next appeared in the art exhibition of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. It was thought to be one of two oils of this title exhibited in November, 1915 at the Gibson House in Cincinnati and was shown with the TSA painters in 1917 for the opening exhibition of the new art museum of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, in Chicago at Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. in 1918 and Albuquerque in 1919. In subsequent years it has been incorrectly dated in the mid-1920s.
Thomas Gilcrease purchased this important work in the mid-1940s. Before that, Sharp was still exhibiting it widely with no takers. One of the latest presentations was at the Springville High School Art Exhibit in Utah in 1942.