Crucita—Old Hopi Dress

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1933; [1915-1925]
Catalogue Number
18
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J H.SHARP

Dimensions
16 x 20 1/8 in.
Credit Line
Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY
Accession Number
25.65
Subjects
Crucita, Hopi, portrait, woman

The artist; [?]; Mr. and Mrs. William S. Moorer, Tulsa, OK; gift to present owner, 1965

This was one of the last paintings of Crucita. In an exhibition at the Kreimer & Brother Co. in Cincinnati in 1935, Sharp offered a portrait of Crucita, but such works became increasingly rare offerings in the years ahead.
 
His earliest female model had been Crucita. He cherished her looks, her stature and her patience as a model from the early teens. In 1913 Sharp painted her as a young woman in a pose similar to this. It was titled simply Crucita. (related image #696) By 1916 Sharp had expanded the pose to include objects and a sense of animation. That later work, The Red Olla, placed her in a shared role with the fabrics and the bowl. (related image #211) In Crucita - Old Hopi Dress, the model has returned to a singular figure, older but just as full of presence, grace, and stature.