The Life & Art of Joseph Henry Sharp

The newest edition in the Whitney West series and the companion volume to The Joseph Henry Sharp Online Catalogue features fresh scholarship from five authors: Peter H. Hassrick, Marie Watkins, Sarah E. Boehme, Kelin Michael, and Karen E. McWhorter. They discuss Sharp’s consuming wanderlust, rich aesthetic contributions, multiple studios, home and workplace at Crow Agency, Montana, and European training. Sharp’s muse was the American Indian of the West, and for fifty years his art made ground-breaking contributions to help the nation understand and honor the true nature of Native peoples and their lifeways.

The Life & Art of Joseph Henry Sharp is available through the University of Oklahoma Press and Points West Market at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.



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*Boehme, Sarah E. Absarokee Hut: The Joseph Henry Sharp Cabin. Cody, WY: Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1992.

*-------. “The North and Snow: J.H. Sharp in Montana,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Autumn 1990): 32-47.

*Boeller, Susanne. “Two American Painters in Munich: Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings.” In A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Painting of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, by Thomas Brent Smith, 7-19. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.

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*Dentzel, Carl Schaefer. Joseph Henry Sharp and the Lure of the West. Great Falls: C.M. Russell Museum, 1980.

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*Cole, Alphaeus P. “An Adolescent in Paris: The Adventure of Being an Art Student Abroad in the Late 19th Century.” American Art Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2 (November 1976): 111-115.

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*Jellico, John. “Joseph H. Sharp, 1859-1953.” Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West, VII (Spring 1980): 90-99.

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