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| and Blackfeet as well as any and better than almost any other artist of this period. |
Mrs. Phoebe Hearst was directly responsible for the incentive that brought Sharp to Crow Agency in Southwestern Montana in 1902 for it was here that he chose to pursue her commission of 75 portraits of members of every major Plains tribe. The entire collection, along with 80 previously purchased portraits, was gifted to the University of California at Berkeley. Sharp had visited Montana as far north as Glacier Park and the Canadian border as early as 1897 but had returned to Cincinnati to continue his career.
His prior journeys did, however, provide a certain sense of familiarity for the artist and his wife when they moved to Montana in 1902 thus beginning a pattern followed by many artists to settle and establish their studios in the heart of their chosen subjects and, of course, their inspiration.
|The gentle interpretations of this kindly easterner became known far and wide as a worthy successor to his mentor, Henry Farny, with whom he shared a studio and who had until the early 1900's been the almost exclusive artist of the Northern Plains south of Great Falls where Russell held ground.|
Sharp's travels both early and later would include and perhaps emphasize Taos and its environs. He chose, however, to depict the Northern Plains after Henry Farny's age ended his western travels there. Sharp avoided that subject apparently out of respect for the elder Farny who had firmly established himself as the definitive