Koko Crater, Hawaii

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1934
Catalogue Number
509
Medium
watercolor
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP

Dimensions
17 x 21 1/8 in.
Credit Line
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Accession Number
1999.004.010
Subjects
Hawaii, landscape

The artist; [?]; present owner

This watercolor relates to a larger oil painting, a nocturn titled Moonlight, Marine Koko Crater, #506. Sharp visited Hawaii during the winters of 1930 to 1938.  The works were not dated and only a  few of them sold, so a definitive dating is difficult to determine.
 
In November, 1934 Sharp wrote that he was experimenting with watercolor after what he said were 20 years of not using the medium. These were done primarily in Hawaii. (Sharp Papers) These were seen as very successful, as he exhibited the watercolors of Hawaii at the Kreimer Galleries in Cincinnati in 1935 and a critic from the Enquirer claimed that they were the "most attractive and colorful paintings Mr. Sharp has ever exhibited." (11/3/1935)