Louis Hovey Sharp was born in Glencoe, IL on July 27, 1874, Louis Hovey Sharp studied with William Merritt Chase, Frank Duveneck, Charles Boutwood, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. He sketched for a brief time on the Hopi reservation in Arizona before moving to Pasadena, CA in 1914.
For the next several years he kept studios both in Pasadena and Taos, NM. I n 1917 he spent many months painting in the Grand Canyon; in 1925 he was on the Monterey peninsula, and after 1929 lived for a time in the Austrian Tyrol. Sharp died in Pasadena on June 13, 1946
As a resident of Tyrol, Louis Hovey Sharp created this watercolor in the style of plein air painting dated 1933 and it is signed in lower right corner, this watercolor rivals his earlier work of the Grand Caynon and American Southwest. The subject matter is the Kufstein fortress, a landmark of the Tyrolean city. The fortress was build in 13th century and changed ownership several times between Tyrol and Bavaria. The fortress of Kufstein has belonged to the city of Kufstein since 1924. The current surrounding landscape is now different that this watercolor.
Condition is overall very good. Watercolor details are very good. No appearance of fading. There is a 3 inch original crease in the lower right corner. A corner bruise on the wood frame on the upper right corner. This watercolor is under glass (reflections in glass when photographing). Matted with what appears to be an acid based matt several years ago. Province postcard from his daughter taped on back. Watercolor size: 15.5 inches height by 14.75 inches length.
We recently located and sold this watercolor to a family member of Louis Sharp. The family member has been re-collecting his work. The family member remembers seeing this watercolor as a young kid. Its a rare opportunity for Circa California to return artwork to the family who created it.