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
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.
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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