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Illustrator, Caricaturist, Photographer, b. 1847 - d. 1916

Artist Henry Farny moved with his family from his native country of France to America in 1853. Initially working as an illustrator, painter Henry Farny identified an interest in Indian culture by art collectors. He traveled the Missouri River, sketching, taking photos, and collecting tribal artifacts to take back to his studio. By 1890, the artist had moved away from illustration and began painting the scenes he'd sketched and seen during trips to the west.

Many Henry Farny Native American paintings for sale are a result of the artist's fascination with Indian culture, creating vivid watercolors and oil paintings depicting Zuni tribal leaders. He would come to do a watercolor of Geronimo, and, eventually, a painting of Sitting Bull, commissioned by the Northern Pacific Railroad. View artwork from eras past by browsing sensational genre paintings for sale online.

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          • Henry Francois Farny (1847 - 1916)
            Apr. 14, 2024

            Henry Francois Farny (1847 - 1916)

            Est: $3,000 - $6,000

            Henry Francois Farny (Ohio, California / France, 1847 - 1916) Watercolor and Gouache on Paper with pencil under sketching. Signed and dated (1901) lower right. Depicting several Indians on horseback resting near a bonfire with a western landscape in the background. With tepees in the trees near the center right portion of the painting. Double-sided work with pencil sketch verso. Provenance: Important private American Art collection. Sight Size: 10.5 x 18.5 in. Overall Framed Size: 18.5 x 26 in. Framed behind glass.

            Helmuth Stone
          • Henry Francois Farny, 'Tablet Dance' at Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM
            Mar. 13, 2024

            Henry Francois Farny, 'Tablet Dance' at Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

            Est: $500 - $700

            Henry Francois Farny (1847 - 1916) 'Tablet Dance' at Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM chromolithograph from centerfold in an issue of Harper's Weekly Magazine accompanied with Letter of Authenticity

            Santa Fe Art Auction
          • Henry Francois Farny, pen and ink drawing, 1889
            Mar. 07, 2024

            Henry Francois Farny, pen and ink drawing, 1889

            Est: $200 - $300

            Henry Francois Farny (French-American, 1847-1916), "Boy's Tow Foraging Chap XIV", ink on stiff paper, signed lower right, illustration for Harper's Young People, Vol. XI, No. 558, printer's notes verso, loose and unframed, 11"h x 9.75"w

            Millea Bros Ltd
          • Henry Francois Farny, Indian Woman in a Blanket, 1891
            Nov. 11, 2023

            Henry Francois Farny, Indian Woman in a Blanket, 1891

            Est: $6,000 - $9,000

            Henry Francois Farny (1847 - 1916) Indian Woman in a Blanket, 1891 watercolor on paper signed and dated lower right: Farny 91

            Santa Fe Art Auction
          • Henry Francois Farny, French, American, 1847-1916
            Sep. 09, 2023

            Henry Francois Farny, French, American, 1847-1916

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            Portrait Of An American Plains Indian, Sanguine Watercolor And Pencil On Paper, Signed And Dated 1886 Left, Sheet 9.5 X 6.75 Inches, Frame 18 X 15.5 X 1 Inches, Chips To Sheet Edges, Paper Toned, Light Foxing Verso. See Photos For Additional Condition Information.

            J. Garrett Auctioneers
          • Henry Farny (French/American, 1847-1916) Moonlit Landscape
            May. 04, 2023

            Henry Farny (French/American, 1847-1916) Moonlit Landscape

            Est: $2,000 - $3,000

            Henry Farny (French/American, 1847-1916) Moonlit Landscape gouache on board signed Farny (lower right) 2 x 7 inches Property from a Corporate Art Collection, Oklahoma Provenance: J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, New York Midwestern Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio Henry Farny's family emigrated from France in 1848 and settled in Cincinnati, a burgeoning city that quickly became a nursery for important American artists. Native Americans fascinated Farny, but he often noted the disparity between their portrayals as fierce, tragic warriors, and their reality as casualties of American expansion. Still, the prospect of one day heading West to paint aroused his ambition to make his life in art. He apprenticed with a lithographer, drawing Civil War scenes that led to work with Harper's Weekly and a meeting with the American ambassador to Rome-a fellow Cincinnatian-led to studies in Europe. Farny studied in Rome, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Paris and returned to Cincinnati in 1870. In 1878, he ventured on a thousand-mile trip down the Missouri River, living among and painting the Blackfeet, Crow, Sioux, and Zuni Indians, observing their cultures and learning their languages. He became an ardent advocate for Indigenous Peoples. As his career and reputation flourished, his friends became a who's who of the late 19th century: Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Ulysses S. Grant. Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Theodore Roosevelt, who was especially fond of the artist and supportive of his work. Moonlit Landscape is a lovely gem. It's a monochromatic nocturne, a landscape of light and shadow seen through trees that Corot might envy, light and shadow falling on water, coming to rest on a wooded mountain in the middle distance. Farny layers the grayscale tones and lets white create day in the deep mystery of night. The sliver of moon at upper right is a Farny trademark. This and other aspects of Moonlit Landscape appear throughout his work, especially in his beautiful, prized gouaches. -James D. Balestrieri

            Hindman
          • Henry Francois Farny French/American, 1847-1916 Ohio River Catfish
            May. 03, 2023

            Henry Francois Farny French/American, 1847-1916 Ohio River Catfish

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            Henry Francois Farny French/American, 1847-1916 Ohio River Catfish Signed with initials HFF and with artist's device (lr) Oil on panel 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches Provenance: William T. Earls, Cincinnati, Ohio Parke-Bernet, New York, 17 Nov. 1966, lot 75 (as Fish) Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 30 May 1985, lot 93 Private collection Adelson Galleries, New York C 

            Doyle New York
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Danger / A Study 22 x 40 in. framed 26 x 44 in.
            Apr. 26, 2023

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Danger / A Study 22 x 40 in. framed 26 x 44 in.

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Danger / A Study signed with initials and dated with the artist's dragonfly and circle devices 'H.F.F. / 92' (lower right) oil on canvas 22 x 40 in. framed 26 x 44 in.

            Bonhams
          • Henry Farny (1847-1916) Indian Chief Bronze Plaque
            Jan. 28, 2023

            Henry Farny (1847-1916) Indian Chief Bronze Plaque

            Est: $900 - $1,800

            Featured in this lot is a framed bronze plaque called "Indian Chief" circa 1984 from artist Henry Farny, He was born in 1847 and died in 1916. The sculpture shows a wonderfully and professionally crafted bronze construction featuring a Native American Chief's head. Tooled into the face of the bronze with great texturing to the Chief's face are lifelike features and a wavy horizontal texturing to the background of the bronze. The bronze is marked on the bottom edge of the plaque and reads as follows: "Indian Chief" by Henry Farny - 42/200; and is marked on the right edge of the bronze as follows: 1984 - Walt Wiggin's - Sante Fe Bronze. The bronze is numbered 42/200. Henry François Farny (15 July 1847, Ribeauvillé – 23 December 1916) was an American painter and illustrator. His work was centered on the life of Native Americans in the 19th-century United States. The condition of this framed bronze plaque is good with a slight patina adorning the bronze but otherwise shows good overall condition. The measurements of this framed bronze plaque is 17 1/8" x 19 1/8" and the bronze plaque measures 6" x 8 3/8"*.

            North American Auction Company
          • Henry Francois Farny (1847-1916), Indian Encampment with Travois
            Sep. 17, 2022

            Henry Francois Farny (1847-1916), Indian Encampment with Travois

            Est: $15,000 - $25,000

            Henry Francois Farny (1847-1916), watercolor and gouache on paper, 1 3/4 x 3 3/4, signed lower right: Farny

            Jackson Hole Art Auction
          • HENRY FARNY
            Aug. 27, 2022

            HENRY FARNY

            Est: $25 - $50

            Denny Carter. First printing 1978

            Davis Brothers Auction
          • HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) First Sketch for 'In the Shadow' gouache on join
            May. 17, 2022

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) First Sketch for 'In the Shadow' gouache on join

            Est: $200,000 - $300,000

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) First Sketch for 'In the Shadow' gouache on joined paper laid down on board 29 1/8 x 17 3/4 in. (73.9 x 40.1 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Ambush gouache on paper 13 x 16 3/4 in. (33
            May. 17, 2022

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Ambush gouache on paper 13 x 16 3/4 in. (33

            Est: $150,000 - $250,000

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Ambush gouache on paper 13 x 16 3/4 in. (33 x 42.5 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) Sage-Cock Shooting in Montana (Theodore Roosevel
            May. 17, 2022

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) Sage-Cock Shooting in Montana (Theodore Roosevel

            Est: $300,000 - $500,000

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) Sage-Cock Shooting in Montana (Theodore Roosevelt 'Sage Grouse Shooting') gouache and watercolor on paper 14 x 23 1/2 in. (35.6 x 59.7 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Moqui Indian Snake Dance gouache en grisaill
            May. 17, 2022

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Moqui Indian Snake Dance gouache en grisaill

            Est: $120,000 - $180,000

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) The Moqui Indian Snake Dance gouache en grisaille on paperboard 16 3/4 x 24 in. (42.5 x 60.9 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) A Dance of Crow Indians gouache en grisaille on
            May. 17, 2022

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) A Dance of Crow Indians gouache en grisaille on

            Est: $150,000 - $250,000

            HENRY F. FARNY (1847-1916) A Dance of Crow Indians gouache en grisaille on paper 14 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (36.2 x 55.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (AMERICAN, 1847-1916)
            Feb. 10, 2022

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (AMERICAN, 1847-1916)

            Est: $500 - $2,000

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (AMERICAN, 1847-1916) Bronze, signed, dated 1999, and editioned 2/10 to backside. Tabletop bust of an older woman in headscarf. 5" height

            Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
          • Henry François Farny, attribution, Portrait of a Young Woman
            Apr. 28, 2021

            Henry François Farny, attribution, Portrait of a Young Woman

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Henry François Farny, attribution Portrait of a Young Woman oil on canvas 16 h × 13 w in (41 × 33 cm) Signed to lower left 'HF. M.'. This work is likely a copy of a painting by Jean-François Millet created by Henry François Farny. Provenance: Charles Egan Gallery, New York | Acquired from the previous in 1975 condition: Work is good condition with overall surface soiling. Minor hairline cracking throughout which appears to have been stabilized. Areas of inpainting visible under UV light primarily within background of composition throughout. Work presents well. Unframed.

            Rago Arts and Auction Center
          • HENRY FARNY, 1909, O/B, “DER ENDERLE VON KETSCH”
            Feb. 26, 2021

            HENRY FARNY, 1909, O/B, “DER ENDERLE VON KETSCH”

            Est: $1,000 - $3,000

            Signed “FARNY” l.r. The custom period frame with an artist’s plaque, carved titles “SYLVESTER-NACHT/DER ENDERLE VON KETSCH” and carved lyric “Schon tanzte die alte Galeere vor Cyprus in funkeinder nacht.” The reverse with literature regarding the painting’s subject matter, artist, and provenance. Sight 9” x 6 1/2”, frame 16 1/2” x 14”

            William Smith Auctions
          • Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Moving Camp, 1905
            Oct. 29, 2020

            Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Moving Camp, 1905

            Est: $200,000 - $300,000

            Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Moving Camp, 1905 oil on board signed Farny and dated (lower right) 12 x 9 inches Provenance: Ellen Graydon Hill, Cincinnati, OH. By descent in the family to the present. Literature: Denny Carter. Henry Farny. New York: Watson Guptill Publications. 1978, p. 162, illustrated. Exhibitions: Indian Hill Historical Museum Association, 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio, number 41 Property of the Estate of Ellen Graydon Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio

            Hindman
          • Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Deer Hunting, 1901
            Oct. 29, 2020

            Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Deer Hunting, 1901

            Est: $100,000 - $150,000

            Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916) Deer Hunting, 1901 gouache on paper, affixed to board signed Farny and dated (lower right) 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches Provenance: Ellen Graydon Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio. By descent in the family to the present. Literature: Denny Carter. Henry Farny. New York: Watson Guptill Publications. 1978, p. 123, illustrated. Exhibitions: Indian Hill Historical Museum Association, 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio, number 49 Property of the Estate of Ellen Graydon Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio

            Hindman
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - A Moment of Suspense
            Oct. 28, 2020

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - A Moment of Suspense

            Est: $70,000 - $100,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) A Moment of Suspense gouache on paperboard 10 x 5 7/8 in. (25.4 x 14.9 cm.)

            Christie's
          • Henry Farny - Native American Hunter - dated 1902
            Oct. 03, 2020

            Henry Farny - Native American Hunter - dated 1902

            Est: $40,000 - $60,000

            Henry Farny - Native American Hunter. Gouache and watercolor on paper. Signed and dated 1902 LR. Frame size: H 17-1/4", W 14-3/16".Paper size approx H 11" W 8". Consigned directly from a member of the artist's family. First public offering.Outstanding original condition. Guaranteed authentic. Please refer to this link for high-res images. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ekfymi4pt7jjbf1/AACWoQExy41S6PcOB35ghfZla?dl=0

            New England Auctions
          • HENRY FARNY - UNTITLED (NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEF RELIEF)
            Aug. 26, 2020

            HENRY FARNY - UNTITLED (NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEF RELIEF)

            Est: $600 - $900

            Lot 98 Henry Farny American (1847-1916) Untitled (Native American chief relief) bronze signed on bottom edge, numbered 45/200 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches Provenance: From a New York Collection

            Capsule Gallery Auction
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Mountain Pass
            Aug. 07, 2020

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Mountain Pass

            Est: $300,000 - $500,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Mountain Pass signed and dated '.H.F.Farny.//94' with artist's device (lower right) gouache on paper 161⁄4 x 101⁄4 in. (41.3 x 26 cm.) Executed in 1894.

            Christie's
          • HENRY FARNY - UNTITLED (NATIVE AMERICAN ON HORSEBACK)
            Jul. 08, 2020

            HENRY FARNY - UNTITLED (NATIVE AMERICAN ON HORSEBACK)

            Est: $5,000 - $8,000

            Lot 22 Henry Farny American (1847-1916) Untitled (Native American on horseback) (1896) gouache on paper signed lower right 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches Provenance: From a New York Collection

            Capsule Gallery Auction
          • HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY, (American, 1847-1916), Mother and Child, 1900, gouache, sheet: 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in., frame: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.
            Jun. 14, 2020

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY, (American, 1847-1916), Mother and Child, 1900, gouache, sheet: 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in., frame: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.

            Est: $15,000 - $25,000

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (American, 1847-1916) Mother and Child 1900, gouache signed and dated Farny 1900, l.r. sheet: 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in., frame: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.

            Grogan & Company
          • Henry Farny "Song of the Talking Wire" Poster, Nicely Framed
            Jun. 10, 2020

            Henry Farny "Song of the Talking Wire" Poster, Nicely Framed

            Est: $50 - $100

            29" x 41" (framed).

            Caza Sikes
          • Henry Farny (French/American, 1847-1916) Copper Bust 
            Jun. 04, 2020

            Henry Farny (French/American, 1847-1916) Copper Bust 

            Est: $500 - $700

            Henry Farny (French/American, 1947-1916) Copper Bust, copper 8 1/4 x 8 inches Property from a Private Collection, Gunnison, Colorado

            Hindman
          • Henry Farny by Denny Carter
            May. 15, 2020

            Henry Farny by Denny Carter

            Est: $20 - $200

            First printing, 1978

            Main Auction Galleries
          • Framed H.F. Farny Lithograph - Nomads - 1902
            Apr. 30, 2020

            Framed H.F. Farny Lithograph - Nomads - 1902

            Est: $300 - $600

            **Originally Listed At $150** Henry Francois Farny, also H. F. Farny (French-American, 1847-1916). "The Nomads" - signed and dated 1902 on lower right. A framed, large-scale lithograph of Henry Farny's "The Nomads" depicting three Native Americans traveling through a snowy landscape - an armed male on horseback followed by another individual holding a child with two horses carrying bundles and an axe, accompanied by three dogs. In the distance is a hilly landscape with barren trees in the middlescape, and wintry cloudy skies above. Farny emigrated to the United States from France with his family in 1853. They lived in Warren, Pennsylvania near a Seneca reservation. In 1859, the family moved to Cincinnatti, Ohio and Farny became an illustrator for magazines like Harper's Weekly. He also studied with Albert Bierstadt at the Dusseldorf Academy from 1867 to 1870. In 1881, Farny traveled to the West, inspired by the demand for paintings of Native Americans, making sketches while traveling up the Missouri River. Size: 33.375" W x 17.75" H (84.8 cm x 45.1 cm); 43.125" W x 27.625" H (109.5 cm x 70.2 cm) framed. When he returned to Cincinnatti he stated, "The plains, the buttes, the whole country and its people are fuller of material for the artist than any country in Europe." Farny would create about 100 paintings inspired by his western sojourns of the 1880s. Later in life, Theodore Roosevelt told him, "Farny, the nation owes you a great debt. It does not realize it now but it will some day. You are preserving for future generations phases of American history that are rapidly passing away." (S.J. Clark (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912, Volume 2). Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #150670

            Artemis Gallery
          • Henry Farny | Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye
            Feb. 21, 2020

            Henry Farny | Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            Artist: Henry Farny | 1847-1916 Title: Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye inscribed on back of neck: Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye Farny 99 8/10 Media: Bronze Dimensions: 5 by 4 by 4 inches Condition: Very Good Condition details: The bronze piece is in very good condition with normal wear. With the unaided eye there are no apparent issues.

            Altermann Galleries
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - The Return to Camp
            Nov. 20, 2019

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - The Return to Camp

            Est: $100,000 - $150,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) The Return to Camp gouache on paperboard 12 ½ x 7 ¼ in. (31.8 x 18.4 cm.)

            Christie's
          • Henry Farny | Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye
            Nov. 08, 2019

            Henry Farny | Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            Artist: Henry Farny | 1847-1916 Title: Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye inscribed on back of neck: Pueblo of Zuni Bernice Isabel Saye Farny 99 8/10 Media: Bronze Dimensions: 5 by 4 by 4 inches Condition: Very Good Condition Details: The bronze piece is in very good condition with normal wear. With the unaided eye there are no apparent issues.

            Altermann Galleries
          • Henry Farny ALS.
            Oct. 18, 2019

            Henry Farny ALS.

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            Farny, Henry (French–American, 1847–1916). Henry Farny ALS. Nd. The prominent American painter who was known for his work on Native American life, writes a one paragraph letter to an unidentified correspondent. Signed “Henry Farny.” 8 x 5”. Margins gently toned, else fine. Rare.

            Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
          • Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916) Gouache on Paper
            Oct. 11, 2019

            Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916) Gouache on Paper

            Est: $20,000 - $30,000

            untitled, Hopi maiden with olla signed and dated lower right (sight) 7.75 x 11 in.; (framed) 13.5 x 16.75 in. 1900

            Cowan's Auctions
          • HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (OH/CA/FRANCE, 1847-1916)
            Aug. 24, 2019

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (OH/CA/FRANCE, 1847-1916)

            Est: $10,000 - $15,000

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY (OH/CA/FRANCE, 1847-1916) After Frederic Remington's "Friends or Foes? (The Scout)," gouache on paper, signed lower right and dated 1907, unframed, 14 1/2" x 22 1/4". Some foxing in field behind horse.

            Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
          • HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY, Ohio/California/France, 1847-1916, Circular plaque depicting a side profile of a figure., Bronze, 8" x 7.75"....
            Aug. 01, 2019

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY, Ohio/California/France, 1847-1916, Circular plaque depicting a side profile of a figure., Bronze, 8" x 7.75"....

            Est: $600 - $800

            HENRY FRANCOIS FARNY Ohio/California/France, 1847-1916 Circular plaque depicting a side profile of a figure. Dated 1881. Signed in pencil verso "H. F. Farny 1881". Housed in a frame with red velvet lining. Bronze, 8" x 7.75". Framed 11" x 11".

            Eldred's
          • Henry Farny (attrib.), drawing
            Jun. 18, 2019

            Henry Farny (attrib.), drawing

            Est: $150 - $250

            Attributed to Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916), Indian with Rifle, pencil and charcoal on paper, unsigned, hinge-taped to mat, framed under glass, 14"h x 20.75"w (sheet) 17.75"h x 24.25"w (frame)

            Millea Bros Ltd
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) The Day is Done oil on canvas 24 x 16 in. (61 x 40.6 cm.)
            May. 22, 2019

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) The Day is Done oil on canvas 24 x 16 in. (61 x 40.6 cm.)

            Est: $400,000 - $600,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) The Day is Done signed and dated '.H.F. Farny/1911' with artist's device (lower right) oil on canvas 24 x 16 in. (61 x 40.6 cm.) Painted in 1911.

            Christie's
          • HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY | The Warrior
            May. 21, 2019

            HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY | The Warrior

            Est: $150,000 - $250,000

            gouache on paper

            Sotheby's
          • Henry Farny (attrib.), drawing
            May. 16, 2019

            Henry Farny (attrib.), drawing

            Est: $500 - $700

            Attributed to Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916), Indian with Rifle, pencil and charcoal on paper, unsigned, hinge-taped to mat, framed under glass, 14"h x 20.75"w (sheet) 17.75"h x 24.25"w (frame)

            Millea Bros Ltd
          • Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916) Indian Chief Gouache and watercolor on paper 8
            May. 03, 2019

            Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916) Indian Chief Gouache and watercolor on paper 8

            Est: $40,000 - $60,000

            Henry Farny (American, 1847-1916) Indian Chief Gouache and watercolor on paper 8-1/8 x 5-7/8 inches (20.6 x 14.9 cm) Signed lower right: Farny PROVENANCE: The artist; Mrs. Rudolph Wurlitzer, the artist's sister, gift from the above; The Bahlmann family, Cincinnati, Ohio, gift from the above, circa 1930s; Mrs. Carrie Bahlmann, Cincinnati, Ohio, by descent, 1965; Private collection, Cincinnati, Ohio. Of all of the artists who portrayed American Indians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Henry Farny holds a unique place. He chose to chronicle the quieter moments of life on the high plains and mountains of the American West. While other artists focused on the high drama and adventure of conflicts between Native Americans and encroaching settlers, Farny most often presented a counterpoint to such action. His small paintings, highly detailed and precise, with absolute fidelity to historical accuracy, are visual records of Native culture. Such everyday practices as making or moving camp, preparing for and returning from the hunt, or simply stopping for a conversation beside a stream, were largely overlooked by most other artists. For Farny, these are the central elements of many of his best compositions. Because Farny most often concentrated on the totality of Native culture, the common details that combine to form the mosaic of life, his work presents a far more comprehensive portrait and history of the true lives of American Indians at the close of the 19th century than most of his contemporary artists. Farny was born in Ribeauville, Alsace, France in 1847 and migrated with his family to western Pennsylvania in 1848. His later fascination with American Indians most likely began at an early age with his family's association with a group of Seneca Indians who lived nearby. In 1859, Farny's family sought better opportunities farther west, and moved to Cincinnati. Aside from several trips to Europe, where he received his artistic training, Farny remained in Cincinnati. His artistic talent was nurtured at an early age and by 1865 at the age of eighteen he was already producing illustrations for Harper's and other publications. He remained a successful illustrator for much of his early artistic career and was afforded national recognition for his work in the McGuffey Reader, which helped educate thousands of American children. Intrigued by news of the capture of famed Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, Farny embarked on his first western journey in 1881 to Fort Yates on the Missouri River, following in the footsteps of such early western painters as George Catlin and Karl Bodmer. By the time he arrived, Sitting Bull had already been removed, but Farny stayed at the fort for several months and frequently visited nearby Indian villages. The trip turned out to be a true turning point in his artistic career. The life that he observed among the Native people of the plains would remain his most constant artistic pursuit. Farny produced several sketches and photographs during his time at Fort Yates which he continued to use as resources for his paintings throughout his career. He also began collecting items such as clothing, weapons, saddles, and ceremonial objects. All of these items frequently found their way into his paintings and many were used on numerous occasions to add just the right touch of authenticity. Farny made other trips West from 1881 to 1894, and he continued to collect Native American material and to amass a sizeable collection of photographs of Indian culture. Farny was not a literal historian of Indian life, choosing instead to base his paintings on various elements from his sketches, photographs, and the photographs of others. Farny began painting American Indians just as their culture was undergoing a dramatic and traumatic transformation from the freedom of the open plains to the c

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          • Henry Francois Farny pen & ink drawing
            Mar. 23, 2019

            Henry Francois Farny pen & ink drawing

            Est: $10,000 - $20,000

            1898 Henry Francois Farny (1847- 1916) pen & ink drawing "Cornered", Native Americans fending off an attack, matted image size 18" x 13 1/2", overall size

            Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
          • Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - Indian Encampment
            Nov. 20, 2018

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) - Indian Encampment

            Est: $300,000 - $500,000

            Henry F. Farny (1847-1916) Indian Encampment gouache on paper image, 8 ¼ x 14 in. (21 x 35.6 cm.); overall, 8 ¾ x 14 ½ in. (22.2 x 36.8 cm.)

            Christie's
          • Henry Francois Farny "Indian Scout"
            Nov. 18, 2018

            Henry Francois Farny "Indian Scout"

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            Circa 1906, watercolor and gouache/paper, mounted in walnut frame with glass, signed and dated lower right "Farny 1906", good condition, minor fraying of paper at edge, 6.5" x 4.25"

            Treasureseeker Auctions LLC
          • HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY | The Ford
            Nov. 16, 2018

            HENRY FRANÇOIS FARNY | The Ford

            Est: $150,000 - $250,000

            watercolor and gouache on paper

            Sotheby's
          • Farny, Henry François (1847-1916) (France-USA) Port scene (1883)
            Apr. 11, 2018

            Farny, Henry François (1847-1916) (France-USA) Port scene (1883)

            Est: $300 - $500

            Plaque à gravure sur ardoise, signée et datée en bas à droite Farny 1883 Plate for engraving on slate, signed and dated on lower right Farny 1883 8" x 10"; 20.32 x 25.40 cm

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