The Great Mystery

or
The Great Mystery (Moonlight)

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1929; [1910]
Catalogue Number
81
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions
LR: J.H.SHARP.
 
Inscribed on paper tacked to backing: "The Great Mystery-The Indian reverence for the Great Spirit is universal. They go to the mountains to fast and pray for their 'medicine' and guidance. 'Medicine' with Indians always Spiritual."
 
Penciled on dust cover: "The Great Mystery-Copyright-By U.S. Printing & Lith. Co. N.Y. & Cin'ti (SPIRITUAL IN MOTIF)."
Dimensions
35 7/8 x 45 15/16 in.
Credit Line
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK. Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955.
Accession Number
0137.325
Subjects
Indian, aspen, ceremony

The artist; Thomas Gilcrease, Tulsa, OK, 1946; The Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, Tulsa, OK, 1955; present owner by gift

This work was first displayed in December 1929 at the Traxel Art Galleries in Cincinnati under the title of The Great Mystery.