Auction 2018 - Sold

Lot 222

This lot was auctioned April 7th.

Joseph H. Sharp
1859-1953
Hoseah Navajo
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 inches
FRAMED/BASE: 21 x 17 inches
ESTIMATE: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000
Signed lower left
Sold For: $ 28,080
Includes buyer's premium

Additional Details

In the artist’s hand, verso: “Hoseah–Navaho Indian Girl Painted at Grand Cañon. She was spinning yarn while her mother was weaving–J.H. Sharp” You can see the scene: Hoseah sitting there, taking the stillness Sharp wants very seriously. Sharp uses this. In fact, she makes you want to smile. But a seasoned portrait painter like Sharp also knows a wonderful pair of eyes when he sees one. After her eyes and face, you notice the turquoise earrings dangling and then the silver squash blossom necklace with a spidery variation on the naja pendant, adapted from the Spanish via the Moors, to ward off the evil eye. In truth, Hoseah’s eyes might be more than a match for any demonic spirit.
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