Henry Farny Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

7-15-1847 Ribeauvillé, FRA -12-23-1916 Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Farny, Henry

The family emigrated to the United States from France in 1853 when Henry Farny was six years old settling in Warren, Pennsylvania, near a Seneca Indian reservation, and Farny was profoundly affected by the American Indians he encountered at an early age.

Around 1859, the Farny family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Having worked as an illustrator, when he was 18 years old, the prestigious Harper's Weekly Magazine published a double-page view of Cincinnati made by him. Between 1867 and 1870 he went to Germany to take private lessons from Albert Bierstadt in the Düsseldorf Academy.

Upon his return to Cincinnati in 1870 Henry Farny came home to a negligibly responsive demand by the locals for his oil paintings and instead used his newly discovered abilities doing poster painting and other odd jobs.

Inspired by the newly developing market for American Indian and American Western art paintings, Farny traveled up the Missouri River in 1881, making sketches, and taking photos for use in his studio. On several more trips West he did the same until his Cincinnati studio was full of material for almost any Indian subject he wished to paint. The majority of Farny's paintings are done after he began his excursions in '81.

Henry Farny who was a scholar, and student of both Munich and Düsseldorf's school of fine arts, nonetheless, can be seen, from his works of art to have assimilated the Düsseldorf techniques of a drab-colored realism into his paintings.

Henry Farny's art continues to gain in popularity and the most serious public, as well as private Western Art collections, including at least one painting of his. Recently one of his works of art, Southern Plains Indian Warrior was sold at auction for US$400,000. In early 2018, a private collection of Henry Farny paintings was brought in for an auction evaluation on the TV show Antiques Roadshow, what the owner of an 1892 H. F. Farny watercolor & gouache painting thought was worth $200.00 turned out to be a $300.000 painting, at the moment the painting we call Seneca and Sioux Indians.

Art Movement: American Western Art.
Artists Influencing Henry Farny: Albert Bierstadt.
He Traveled To USA, Germany.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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