Dousa, Henry – American Folk Artist

Henry Dousa pastel painting of a cow

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Henry Dousa pastel painting of a five cows

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Henry Dousa watercolor painting, Residence of V. Hunter, Mechanicsburg, Ohio

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A pastel on paper portrait of a horse by Henry Dousa (Ohio/Indiana, circa 1845 to 1885), signed lower right and dated 1892. Portrait of a horse standing in a meadow, identified below as Big Frank, within frame

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Henry Dousa (American, 1820 to after 1892)

French-born Henry Dousa (born circa 1845) is a somewhat enigmatic folk artist. Early accounts describe him as friendless, a difficult husband, and his works as “amusingly stiff.” He lived most of his life in Lafayette, Indiana, removing temporarily to New Castle, but returning to Lafayette where he later died. He worked in a variety of media, including oil, pastel, and watercolor, and he executed “portraits” of livestock, such as sheep and cattle, as well as houses and entire farms. Though there is, indeed, a naivete in his work, his attention to detail is considerable. His work is reminiscent of his contemporary, Ferdinand Brader (born 1833), though Brader’s work is more well known.

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