John and the Buffalo Skull—Firelight

or
[El Greco]

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1923
Catalogue Number
719
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP

Dimensions
30 x 36 in.
Credit Line
Philbrook Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Accession Number
L.2007.0007
Subjects
buffalo, ceremony, firelight, interior

The artist; [?]; present owner

This painting, for some reason, is known by the title of El Greco, an artist Sharp totally disregarded and whose style this does not particularly resemble.
 
Sharp painted a smaller work than this titled  John and the Buffalo Skull - Firelight and featured it in his annual Cincinnati exhibition at the Traxel Art Galleries in 1923. It measured only 16 x 20".
 
This larger canvas pictures John Hunting Son in supplication before a large bison skull. John smudges smoke with an eagle feather fan. It is not unreasonable to consider that this and the smaller 1923 version might be related.