2019 Treasures from the Vault
Monthly pop-up exhibit featuring rarely seen treasures
Forsyth Galleries | Memorial Student Center, MSC 2428
Did you know the Forsyth collections include porcelain from the Ming, Yongzheng, and Meji Dynasties and Japanese cloisonné from the 19th century? A wonderful collection of early American furniture, quilts, and pewter? Roseville and Rookwood pottery? In order to share these rarely seen gems, the Forsyth will showcase a monthly pop-up exhibit featuring some of these treasures in the main gallery.
Untitled (Guard Duty)
A student of both Munich and Düsseldorf’s schools of fine arts, Henry François Farny was an American painter and illustrator whose work centered on the life of Native Americans in the 19th century. This painting illustrates a Native American man wearing traditional buckskin clothing. A horse, a village, and several teepees (tipis) can be seen in the distance.
Henry François Farny, Untitled (Guard Duty), 1898, gouache on paper, Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, Texas A&M Foundation.
“Julia Sun Goes Slow” Crow Girl
Josephy Henry Sharp was a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists and was considered the group’s “Spiritual Father.” He was known for his portraits of Native Americans, being commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to paint the portraits of 200 Native American warriors who survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In this portrait, we see a young girl in a colorful cloak and wearing necklace strands made of beads and shell or bone beads.
Joseph Henry Sharp, “Julia Sun Goes Slow” Crow Girl, n.d., oil on board, Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, Texas A&M Foundation.
Dance Chief with Slackers
Dance Chief with Slackers is a work by artist Joseph Henry Sharp, who painted portraits and daily life of Native Americans in his Taos, New Mexico, chapel turned full-time art studio. The painting is a work within the Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection. According to a note in Mr. Runyon’s files, dated Aug. 17, 1974, the figures in the painting were identified by Clara Manting, an employee of Thomas L. Lewis of the Taos Art Galleries, as being from left to right: Teofilo Romero, Manuel Espanolia, and Jerry Maribal.
Joseph Henry Sharp, Dance Chief with Slackers, 1921, oil on canvas, Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, Texas A&M Foundation.
2019 Past Treasures from the Vault
#24 Blacksmith Shop
#24 Blacksmith Shop is an oil on canvas by artist Paul Weber Jr. Weber is known for his nostalgic paintings featuring stark western landscapes. In this work, he captures the interior of an open blacksmith shop, complete with the tools of the trade including a lit forge and chimney in the center. Beyond the shop is an arid landscape with what appear to be mountains in the distance.
Paul Weber Jr., #24 Blacksmith Shop, n.d. oil on canvas, Gift of the Mercedes Lipscomb Estate.