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 SADDLING UP
After the Original Gouache on Paper, dated 1895.

HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY
(French / America 1847-1916)


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A FINE STUDY OF AMERICAN INDIANS PREPARING FOR A HUNTING TRIP.

Unlike most artists of the day, Farny concentrated on recording the native Americans going about their normal daily routine. Not for him the dramatic illustrations of hunting and fighting that so obsessed his contemporaries.  The result is a priceless record of a lost culture. His works were the result of careful observation and photographic records combined with artefacts from his extensive personal collection. Illustrated here are members of a small group of Indians making ready for a hunting trip. The detail touches are typical of Farny's work, the rifle in the buckskin case, the caboose and the view of the interior of the far tepee distant add an authenticity frequently missing in the work of others.

This famous painting is much copied and often incorrectly reproduced as an oil on canvas wherein most of the important detail has been ignored or poorly rendered. Here the exquisite detail has been preserved and a single minor error found in the original has been corrected. It is a feature of this image that Farny used the very coarse and heavy weave of the paper to generate areas of broken shading and detail. To preserve this effect, this image is printed on Hahnemuhle, Albrecht Dürer® paper as this too has a rough finish but one that does not conflict with the original weave patterns evident in the image itself. A century's worth of dirt and grime have been cleaned away. The original painting recently sold at auction, achieving a price of one third of a million dollars - a deserved price for a superbly rendered image whose simplicity belies the supreme skill of the artist.

Henry François Farny was born in Ribeauville, Alsace, France in 1847. His family migrated to America the following year, initially settling in Pennsylvania before moving west to Cincinnati in 1859. From an early age, Farny showed remarkable artistic talent with illustrations being accepted by Harper's and other national publications, when he was still only 18 years of age. Farny made several journeys west during the period 1881 to 1894, collecting photographs, making sketches and absorbing the native culture. He used these resources to produce a wealth of accurate paintings and illustrations that are today highly prized and the object of great admiration. Farny continued to work right up to his death in 1916.

 

FINE ART "ALBRECHT DÜRER" EDITION

Image, approx:         7½ x 16¼ inches (191 x 413 mm) - original size.
Printed on a sheet:    13 x 19 inches (330 x 483 mm).

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