Henry F. Farny Collection

Current Exhibition

  • Starts October 10, 2020 11:46 AM EDT
  • Ends November 30, 2020 11:46 AM EST
  • Online Gallery

Overview

Eisele Gallery presents an exclusive online preview of five paintings by iconic western painter Henry F. Farny. These exceptional paintings are available for private viewings at the gallery or your home by appointment only. This collection of Farny's work was acquired directly from the artist and has been in a family collection for generations. A prominent benefactor of the arts developed an early relationship with the artist during his time in Cincinnati. The paintings have been well cared for, are framed with conservation glass and are in excellent condition. Rarely has a collection of paintings of this quality has been offered at one time. These investment quality works of art are available exclusively at Eisele Gallery.

Born in Alsace Lorraine, France, Henry Farny became a well-known American illustrator and painter, especially for quiet aspects of Indian life such as campfire scenes.  Farny, working in a highly realistic, detailed style, had a deep regard for Indians as individuals and often depicted them in a harmonious environment.  Only a few of his paintings show Indians in dramatic action.  He particularly painted the Sioux Indians and, given the Indian name for "Long Boots", was adopted into their tribe.

In 1859 Farny first settled in Cincinnati and later worked in New York as an engraver and lithographer for Harper's. Farny spent three years in Europe in the 1860s during which time he studied in Düsseldorf under Thomas B. Read and Herman Herzog. In addition, he traveled about Europe on a study tour with Twachtman and Duveneck. In 1878 he made a thousand-mile canoe trip down the Missouri River. During the 1880s he made numerous sketching trips throughout the West and was active in California during 1885-1900.

His most prolific period was between 1890 and 1906, and most of his paintings were small in size, and finely finished.  His primary medium was gouache, although he also worked in watercolor, oil, and ink and did an occasional bronze sculpture. 

The Cincinnati Museum in 1943 held an exhibition of his work that included 39 oil paintings and 104 watercolors.  At least twenty-four of the oils and seventy-one of the watercolors were Western.  For many viewers, work by Farny is admired for its authenticity and its ability to convey so much factual data about a critical time in America history - the opening of the West.

 
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