Joseph Henry Sharp

Joseph Henry Sharp (September 27, 1859 – August 29, 1953) was an American painter and a founding devotee of the Taos Society of Artists, of which he is considered the "Spiritual Father". Sharp was one of the prehistoric European-American artists to visit Taos, New Mexico, which he motto in 1893 with artiste John Hauser. He painted American Indian portraits and cultural life, as skillfully as Western landscapes. President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned him to paint the portraits of 200 Native American warriors who survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn. While working on this project, Sharp lived upon land of the Crow Agency, Montana, where he built Absarokee Hut in 1905. Boosted by his sale of 80 paintings to Phoebe Hearst, Sharp quit teaching and began to paint full-time.

In 1909, he bought a former chapel in Taos to use as a studio, near the home of the performer E. Irving Couse. In 1912 he and his wife moved to the area full-time. He built a home with studio close the chapel. Both artists' homes and studios are portion of the Eanger Irving Couse House and Studio—Joseph Henry Brilliant Studios, which is listed upon the National Register of Historic Places.

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