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Joseph Sharp  (1859-1953)
 
Joseph Sharp was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1859.  Completely deaf due to a childhood accident, Sharp left school at the age of 14 to attend the McMicken School and the Cincinnati School of Art.  Sharpís studio was in the same building as Henry Farny, who gave Sharp books on the Pueblo Indians.  In his 20ís, Sharp studied in Munich and Paris, where he met lifelong friends Bert Phillips and Ernest Blumenschein.  Upon returning to Ohio, Sharp taught for ten years at the Cincinnati Art Academy.  Sharp made frequent trips to the southwest, and in 1912 became a permanent resident of Taos, where heís remembered as the father of the Taos Society of Artists.  Recognizing the importance to chronicling a vanishing culture, Sharp focused his energies on realistic depictions of activities of the Pueblo culture.  To appease his wife, the Sharps spent the winter months in Pasadena, and made frequent trips to Hawaii, where he actively sketched and painted.  Joseph Sharp died in Pasadena in 1953.



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