Robert Henri was an American painter born on 24 June 1865 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After his family moved to Atlantic City to avoid his father’s incarceration, Henri began to build on his artistic talents by enrolling at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Subsequently, he studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and shortly at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Henri returned to America and continued taking classes at the Pennsylvania Academy. In 1892, he started giving art instructions; his first job was at the School of Design for Women. Together with the artists whose acquaintances he had made, Henri began challenging the traditional styles and promoting a new unique style, leading to the eventual formation of The Eight group.
The artist’s strict adherence to his nonconforming style hugely contributed to his decline. However, Henri’s influence as an art instructor grew, and he worked in many prestigious institutions. Henri produced fewer paintings during the last years of his career due to failing health and died on 12 July 1929 in New York.
What was Robert Henri Known For?
Robert Henri was known for painting realistic depictions of American city life. Revolting against the focus on European painting methods, Henri and his circle of friends painted unpolished scenes of urban living in American cities. Additionally, Henri painted motifs from his frequent travels, often including portraits.
Who was Robert Henri Influenced By?
Robert Henri was influenced by Edouard Manet, Frans Hals, and Claude Monet. On his tour to Europe in 1885, Henri became fascinated with the works of Hals and Manet and adopted their relatively darker palette. Earlier, Henri had painted in a Plein air Impressionistic style inspired by the works of Claude Monet.
What Art Movement was Robert Henri Associated With?
Robert Henri was associated with the Realism art movement.
Robert Henri Artwork
Below are some of the artworks of Robert Henri
All Robert Henri Artwork on Artchive
|El Tango||1908||Oil On Canvas|
|Marjorie In A Yellow Shawl||1909||Oil On Canvas|
|Salome||1909||Oil On Canvas|
|Portrait Of Mary Fanton Roberts||1917||Oil On Canvas|
|La Reina Mora||1906||Oil On Canvas|
|La Madrilenita||1910||Oil On Canvas|
|Dutch Joe (jopie Van Slouten)||1910||Oil On Canvas|
|Edna||1915||Oil On Canvas|
|Spanish Dancing Girl||1904||Oil On Canvas|
|Cumulus Clouds, East River||1901-02||Oil On Canvas|
|Celestina||1908||Oil On Canvas|
|Portrait of Willie Gee||1904||Oil on Canvas|