(James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) [1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932] : Man with a dog, 1891.

$4,800

(James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932)
Germany / Jamaica – Canada
Man with a dog, 1891
Oil on canvas
21 x 12 inches [unframed] | 27 x 20 inches [framed]
Signed at lower right : ‘Jos Biehn / 91’.

CONDITION:
Excellent condition with antique frame.

DESCRIPTION:

(James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932) may have been born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1851, to at least one German parent, likely a sailor. Joshua was possibly abandoned. Perhaps he was mix-race, but mostly “white appearing.”

Biehn goes to Toronto, Canada, at some point and seems to settle there. He may have changed the spelling of his last name. He was likely born James Joshua Biehn but may have used “Joshua Bean” but ultimately reverted back to his German name for his paintings.

Joshua writes to American Homes magazine in May, 1899 and the note after his letter says that he is an “artist studying the negro character.”

On June 25, 1908, Lenora News in Lenora, Kansas, reports that a local business, Bowen Bros., a department store, received a request to purchase images of “…negro oxcarts, crap games, aunties, Uncle Neds, Ole Joe, De Possom, De Coon, watermelon time, etc.” but was unable to fulfil such a request by the artist.

The artist painted children, street vendors and shoeshine boys which were his favorite subjects.

The artist may have died in 1935, but painted actively from ca.1891-1932.

PROVENANCE:
2021 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT & New York, NY ) ;
1891 (James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932), the artist .

EXHIBITION:
[unknown] ;

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(James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932)
Germany / Jamaica – Canada
Man with a dog, 1891
Oil on canvas
21 x 12 inches [unframed] | 27 x 20 inches [framed]
Signed at lower right : ‘Jos Biehn / 91’.

CONDITION:
Excellent condition with antique frame.

DESCRIPTION:

(James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932) may have been born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1851, to at least one German parent, likely a sailor. Joshua was possibly abandoned. Perhaps he was mix-race, but mostly “white appearing.”

Biehn goes to Toronto, Canada, at some point and seems to settle there. He may have changed the spelling of his last name. He was likely born James Joshua Biehn but may have used “Joshua Bean” but ultimately reverted back to his German name for his paintings.

Joshua writes to American Homes magazine in May, 1899 and the note after his letter says that he is an “artist studying the negro character.”

On June 25, 1908, Lenora News in Lenora, Kansas, reports that a local business, Bowen Bros., a department store, received a request to purchase images of “…negro oxcarts, crap games, aunties, Uncle Neds, Ole Joe, De Possom, De Coon, watermelon time, etc.” but was unable to fulfil such a request by the artist.

The artist painted children, street vendors and shoeshine boys which were his favorite subjects.

The artist may have died in 1935, but painted actively from ca.1891-1932.

PROVENANCE:
2021 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT & New York, NY ) ;
1891 (James) Joshua Biehn (Bean) (1851?-1935?, fl. 1891-1932), the artist .

EXHIBITION:
[unknown] ;